A Davenport High School football player is recovering at Sacred Heart Medical Center after he suffered a skull fracture during a game Friday night.
Max Mielke, 17, was knocked unconscious during the third quarter of the game against Lakeside High School in Nine Mile.
"It was one of those hits you hear and it was not a good one," said Max's mom, Kristy Mielke.
"But he's good, he's awesome," she added.
Because Max was slipping in and out of consciousness, MedStar landed on the football field and airlifted him to Sacred Heart.
"Lakeside had a prayer circle, a lot of people were very, very good. God was there and Max is awesome. He'll be great thanks to a lot of good people and prayer," she said.
Once at the hospital, a CT scan revealed a skull fracture and bleeding. Mielke said the bleeding stopped a few hours later. Max is now alert, talking and even joking around. Because of the injury, doctors told Max he will never be able to play football again.
"But that's going to be the hardest, but that's a minor thing in life. Max is a good student has lots of things to go forth for so he's lucky," she added.
Mielke said Max will spend at least another night in the hospital for observation.
Meilke wants to thank medics, hospital staff, school officials and other players who helped Max during the past 24 hours.
"Everything went well, people were awesome," she added.