Hill-Murray football player remains in intensive care after collapsing during a game

The senior offensive lineman collapsed during Saturday's playoff game.
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The high school senior who collapsed on the sideline of a football game last weekend remains in intensive care at a Twin Cities hospital. 

Zach Zarembinski suffered a brain bleed, resulting in his collapse on the sideline during Hill-Murray School's playoff game Saturday against St. Paul Johnson. He was rushed to Regions Hospital where he underwent surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma. 

The school's website says the brain bleed was the result of a head injury. 

"Right now he is unable to breath on his own so he has assistance from a ventilator," Zarembinski's CaringBridge journal says in an update from Tuesday night. "Getting to the point where he can breath on his own has been a challenge for him. As you can imagine the breathing tube is not very comfortable for him. Getting him to breath on his own will be a huge step forward and they plan to continue with the process tomorrow." 

The journal entry added that Hill-Murray head coach Pete Bercich, a former Minnesota Viking and current Vikings radio broadcaster, gave Zarembinski words of encouragement on Tuesday, to which Zach's "eyes popped right open." He was able to give his family a thumbs up. 

While Zarembinski recovers, the communities supporting him will rally to help him and his family. 

On Thursday, all Hill-Murray students and the entire community are encouraged to wear green in a show of solidarity for Zarembinski, and the school will hold a church service in his name at 9:15 a.m. in the school's varsity gymnasium. There's a prayer page for him right here

The school will be selling #ZZStrong72 bracelets and holding a bake sale on Thursday with all proceeds going to the Zarembinski family. 

And on Wednesday, Nov. 7, Chick-fil-A in Maplewood will donate 20 percent of its sales to the family. 

A GoFundMe for Zarembinski has generated more than $37,000 as of this writing. 

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