LAURINBURG — Scotland High football star Jaylend Ratliffe is off of his ventilator, a source close to the family said Wednesday. He is also attempting to talk, although his voice is “raspy,” according to the source, attributed to the fact that he has been on the breathing tube for the last week.
He is still under some sedation, but when awake he is aware of his surroundings and is able to communicate by hand squeezing. According to a source, he is beginning to move around a lot more in his bed and is slowly regaining some of his strength. He is also able to move his legs and right arm on command.
Several fundraisers are taking place this week to aid his family with medical expenses. Donald and Bobbie Lowe are selling “2 Strong” T-shirts in honor of Ratliffe. The shirts costs $20 and the family can be reached at 910-280-9930.
Other fundraising opportunities are also taking place. An online fundraiser, at www.gofundme.com/cenyp0, had reached $8,280 by Wednesday night, five days after it was created.
The Scotland County Clerk of Court is putting together a raffle drawing to raise money as well. The raffle starts Friday at noon and lasts until 12:30 p.m. The tickets are $1 each and an assortment of prizes are available to the winners. Drawings will take place until all of the tickets have been used.
Also, 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.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.