CHARLOTTE — Jaylend Ratliffe is awake and able to respond by hand squeezing after being brought out of a coma that was medically induced before brain surgery last week, sources close to the family say.
The Scotland High quarterback and Georgia Tech recruit was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte last Tuesday following an ATV accident, where he has remained in critical condition.
His status remained critical, yet stable, Monday morning.
Ratliffe has undergone numerous tests since being admitted, including an MRI scan, which did not show any spinal damage. Surgery was performed Thursday night to relieve pressure on his brain.
The Scotland County community has come together to support Ratliffe, with the hashtag #prayforJaylend trending on social media. A prayer vigil brought hundreds to Scotland High on Thursday.
Monetary support has come as well. An online fundraiser, at www.gofundme.com/cenyp0, had reached more than $8,000 on Monday afternoon, three days after it was created.
An account for Ratliffe and his family has been set up at State Employees Credit Union by Laurinburg Police and Scotland County Rescue Squad. The account is only accessible to Ratliffe’s mom, Sharon, and anyone can donate to the account through any SECU branch.