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St. Charles North football player regains consciousness, continues recovery after brain injury

Aidan Carlson suffered the injury during a game Oct. 4

St. Charles North High School sophomore Aidan Carlson, No. 19, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East on Oct. 4.
St. Charles North High School sophomore Aidan Carlson, No. 19, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East on Oct. 4.

ST. CHARLES – Aidan Carlson, the St. Charles North sophomore who suffered a serious brain injury during a football game at St. Charles East High School on Oct. 4, has woken up after being in a coma, according to a post from his uncle, Sean Peters, on the Aidan's Angels Go Fund Me page on Monday night.

Peters thanked the many well-wishers and donors, as the page greatly surpassed its goal of raising $10,000 for Carlson's family in just a few hours.

"The Carlsons are so beside themselves with so many emotions right now but they are so incredibly grateful for every donation, prayer, and message they’ve received," Peters wrote. "Once again thank you to everyone who has had Aidan in their hearts, please keep him there as he starts the next phase of his recovery."

The Go Fund Me page states that Carlson was airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and underwent emergency brain surgery. He has been stabilized in the pediatric intensive care unit, according to a nurse at the hospital

Peters writes that Carlson is undergoing procedures, and that the boy is "in amazing hands with an amazing team of nurses and doctors at Lutheran General."

Carlson wears No. 19 and is a linebacker and running back for the North Stars. North's varsity football coach Robert Pomazak wrote about Carlson on Twitter on Sunday.

"We can all take a moment to send our thoughts well wishes and prayers to our guy [Aidan]," Pomazak wrote. "The power of positive thoughts can make a difference . We are thinking of him, we love him and we are there for the family during this time."

St. Charles North High School Athletic Director Dan Dolney said the athletic department is also monitoring Carlson's condition.

"We are sending our thoughts and best wishes to him and his family.  We have supports in place for students and staff members who need it," Dolney wrote in an email Monday afternoon.

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