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ETX football player starting to respond

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An East Texas football player that had a severe head injury at practice on Monday, is beginning to recover, parents say.

Dorian Timmons, a 9th grade football player at Chapel Hill High School was injured on Monday in an helmet-to-helmet head injury with another player at practice. Timmons had to be rushed to ETMC in Tyler where he underwent emergency brain surgery, school officials say.

"He had no pre-existing conditions before this. It is because he was at football practice and had a head-on collision with another player and that is what caused the situation he is in now," Tracey Timmons, Dorian's Mother, said.

He is currently recovering in ICU at ETMC and although he is unconscious, his parents say he has started to respond to reflex test and is wiggling his toes.

"He's doing really well. He's slowly but surely progressing and it's only by the grace of God that he has come as far as he has. The doctors and nurses are really surprised he has come so far in such a little time," Tracey Timmons said.

Although this accident did happen at school, Tracey says her family does not blame the school; it was simply a freak accident.

"This could have happened to any of the children that were on the field that day. It just happened to happen to my baby," Timmons said.

Jeff Dozier of Chapel Hill ISD said the coaches and trainers were quick to respond.

"All the coaches and trainers were there. Of course, they did what they are trained to do and then called 9-1-1. We had great response," Dozier said.

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