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UPDATE: Ratliffe still critical, but improving

Logan Martinez lmartinez@civitasmedia.com

July 30, 2014

LAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe remains in critical condition following an ATV accident Tuesday afternoon, sources said Wednesday, but has been taken off a ventilator and is talking and responsive.


Sources close to the family say Ratliffe, who reportedly suffered brain injuries when the four-wheeler on which he was riding flipped, had a CT scan this morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was airlifted to the hospital Tuesday night.


According to source information, Ratliffe and teammate Dakota Holland were riding together though the woods at about 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. Both were conscious and alert on the scene, sources said.


Holland was treated and released the same day from Scotland Memorial Hospital.


Ratliffe, who committed to Georgia Tech last spring, was set to enter his senior season at the school amid high expectations. Scotland has won three consecutive Southeastern conference championships. With Ratliffe at the helm they are the favorites to win another title.


An outpouring of support for Ratliffe’s family flooded social media Wednesday. The hashtag #‎prayersforjaylend‬ was trending on both Facebook and Twitter.


The Laurinburg Exchange will update this story on its website, laurinburgexchange.com, as information becomes available.