The positive news around the health of former NFL receiver Mike Williams continues.
The 36-year-old Williams was taken off life support on Thursday and is responsive, Tierney Lyle, the mother of Williams’ 8-year-old daughter, told WIVB4 in Buffalo.
She added that Williams smiled when a friend played one of his highlight videos for him.
“We need prayer warriors to continue praying and spread the word,” Lyle told the outlet as Williams is still in an uphill battle.
Williams was hospitalized on Sept. 1 and later placed on a ventilator two days later following a workplace accident in
which a steel beam fell on his head at a construction site in Hillsborough County, Fla. on Aug. 21.
The initial on-site incident wasn’t believed to be fatal, but things got more serious when the laceration became infected, two friends of the former Bills and Buccaneers wideout told the outlet.
That led to Williams going to the hospital and eventually being induced into a comma.
“He goes hard in everything he does,” Lyle told WIVB4. “He doesn’t give up easily at all.”
A GoFundMe page set up by Latrina Moore contained a message from Wendell Muhammad, Williams’ father,
that said the steel beam falling on Williams’s head caused a “massive head injury,” creating “swelling in his brain and swelling on his spinal cord that was ruptured.”
It led to complete paralysis in his right arm as well as his lower body from the waist down.
A Spectrum News report circulated around the internet last week stating that Williams had died, but that proved false.