Mentor football player released from hospital after injury during game

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CLEVELAND — A freshman football player who was injured during a game was released from the hospital on Friday, according to his family.

Matt Gianfagna, a running back for Mentor, was airlifted to MetroHealth Medical Center after getting hurt in Thursday's game against Brunswick.

He was involved in a collision with an opposing player near the end of the game and at first was in critical condition. His overall movement was limited, but he did have feeling in his hands and arms. Eventually he was able to move his toes.

His family said Matt must still wear a neck brace and go to a concussion clinic.

His family released the following statement Friday afternoon when Matt was still in the hospital.

"Matt is recovering comfortably at MetroHealth. Thank you to all in the community for your support and the MetroHealth staff for their great care.

We're ever so thankful for the outpouring of love and concern from the Mentor High School coaching staff and administration, and want to send a special thank you to the first responders at the game for working so quickly and taking such great care of Matt.

Another heartfelt thank you to all Matt's friends' parents for showing us what a wonderful community we live in.

We are huge believers in the power of prayer and just ask that you keep Matt in your prayers for a smooth recovery. He is looking forward to getting back on the football field next year."

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