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Mt. Carmel Jr. High Football player flown to hospital during game

"Welcome Home, Thomas" (Source: Mt. Carmel Jr. Aces Football Facebook Page) "Welcome Home, Thomas" (Source: Mt. Carmel Jr. Aces Football Facebook Page)
Prayer on the field (Source: Mysti Dent-Pauw's Facebook Page) Prayer on the field (Source: Mysti Dent-Pauw's Facebook Page)
Source: Bethany Newkirk-Mounts' Facebook Page Source: Bethany Newkirk-Mounts' Facebook Page
Source: Bethany Newkirk-Mounts' Facebook Source: Bethany Newkirk-Mounts' Facebook
MT. CARMEL, IL (WFIE) -

A junior high football player in Mt. Carmel is now out of the hospital and smiling after some scary moments at Saturday's football game. 

Thomas Stringfellow took a hard hit, and had to be flown to the hospital.

He was released a few days later wearing a neck brace. 

Fans at the game say "there wasn't a dry eye in the place." 

A photo shared on social media showed the team on the field in prayer after the incident happened. 

After Thomas' release from the hospital Monday, a large group of students wearing their Aces maroon and gold was there to show their support. 

His mother tells us Thomas is doing well. 

We reached out to Coach Mounts. He released a statement:

"I can speak for all the coaches in saying that the hit that Thomas took was the scariest moment we have ever seen on the field. Immediately after the hit whether it was nurses in the stands, trainers, EMT's, coaches or just parents everyone came together in a time of need. Goes to show you that even though our town has endured many things our community is still able to come together through prayer, family and friends. After watching Thomas go through such hardships and make a recovery to this point he truly is a walking miracle. It proves that God, family and friends remain the core of the Mt. Carmel community."

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