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Pateros football player recovering from head injury

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A Pateros high school senior remains hospitalized Thursday after suffering a head injury during a football game late last week. A Pateros high school senior remains hospitalized Thursday after suffering a head injury during a football game late last week.
PATEROS, Wash. -

A Pateros high school senior remains hospitalized Thursday after suffering a head injury during a football game late last week.

Ramon Angel has bleeding in his brain. He collapsed into a teammate's arms Friday, after a hit on the field during a game in Waterville. He was flown to Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

Angel's family says doctors tell them this is a clear football injury, but teammates have raised the question of whether or not it stems from a blow 2 weeks prior.

Teammates say Angel took a bad hit during a game in Spokane last month and has felt minor headaches since, complaining of them as recently as three weeks ago.

But his friends say he didn't go to the coaches because of his dedication to the team.

"It's his senior season," his friend Carlos Cruz said. "He wanted to play."

Pateros Head Coach Marcus Stennes says had he known about Angel's headaches the young man would have sat out.

"It's hard to swallow," Stennes said. "In football thing just don't go away."

Doctors have not confirmed exactly what caused the bleeding in his brain.

Angel continues to recover. His friends, coaches and his school have been raising funds and sending well wishes.

"We miss Ramon," Stennes said.

"We can't wait for his return."

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