BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - A Fort Dale Academy student is at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, suffering from a brain injury.
Seventh grader, Andy Heath, was injured at school in what school officials are calling a "freak accident."
"It was an accident. Other students were involved, but it was an accident and thank God he's going to be okay," said Fort Dale Academy's Headmaster, David Brantley.
Heath was in the locker room when the accident happened.
"Andy was in P.E. class in the dressing room and he was accidentally hurt," said Brantley.
Brantley said the incident occurred on Tuesday, October 17.
Andy's parents, Michael and Valerie Heath, share a Facebook page. On Saturday, Valerie posted:
She shared an updated post on Monday, October 23. She said:
She ended Monday's post on an emotional note:
Michael and Valerie haven't posted since. However, WSFA spoke with Michael on the phone and he said that Andy is doing better every day and that he is no longer on a feeding tube.
Andy's math teacher, April Lowrey, said she and her students have been praying for a speedy recovery.
"As a class, they gathered together to pray for Andy and we've done that time and time again," said Lowrey.
Andy's classmate, Anna Cate Brack, has known him since the fourth grade.
"He's really sweet. He's kind of quiet whenever you first meet him but like after you get to know him he's really funny and stuff so he has a lot of friends," said Brack.
Those friends are anxiously waiting for him to return.
"We've been making signs for him and we did a prayer blanket for him and sent it to him and a lot of people have been sending him gift cards and money and stuff, we've raised a lot of money, and the football team sent him a football that he likes to hold onto," said Brack.
Headmaster Brantley said Andy's prognosis is good and that he is expected to make a full recovery.