SB St. Joe football player recovering from emergency surgery after hit to spleen

A South Bend St. Joe football players is now back at home resting after a very scary injury last Friday Night.

Senior Sean O'Brien was hit on special teams during the Indians' game versus Wawasee. On the bench moments after taking a hit, he began feeling ill and medical personnel began treating him. The situation was considered extremely serious and people who were there are saying it was a big help that Memorial Hospital is just minutes away from Father Bly Field.

O'Brien was rushed to the hospital where he had emergency surgery to remove his spleen.

"He's back at home and definitely is feeling better and recovering," St. Joe football coach Ben Downey said Wednesday. "He's looking forward to getting back to school and rejoining the team."

Downey thanked doctors and trainers that were on site for their diligent work.

"It was as scary as anything I've ever been around," Downey explained. "The game immediately meant little to nothing. All the focus went to Sean. It's good that the ending is happy."

The good news is that O'Brien is expected to be just fine in the long run. Unfortunately since he's a senior, the injury will end his high school career.

O'Brien has been thanking friends and family on his twitter page.

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