Posted by Adam Jacobi
One of the scariest stories in the Big Ten this season is undoubtedly the ordeal of Brett Greenwood, a free safety who graduated from Iowa after the 2010 season. Greenwood, a former walk-on from Bettendorf, IA, was back home working out with his old high school team this summer after being cut by the Steelers during practice camp, when his heart stopped suddenly and he collapsed. He has been in a medically induced coma ever since, and for a while it was unclear whether Greenwood would survive the apparent heart attack -- or even if he did, what long-lasting effects his collapse might have on his life.
Fast forward to Thursday, when KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa reported that Greenwood has awoken from his coma, and he's doing well:
Former Iowa Hawkeye Football player Brett Greenwood is awake, standing, and talking after falling into a coma lasting more than a month, according to KWWL affiliate KWQC in the Quad Cities.
Greenwood's high school football coach at Pleasant Valley received an email originating from Greenwood's mother, saying Brett was awake asking nurses about the Pittsburgh Steelers game.
Greenwood was treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before being transferred to a special facility in Ankeny.
Greenwood's medical care continues today, as he'll be spending time between Iowa City and Ankeny working through medical procedures and various rehabilitation programs. So he's not 100% out of the woods at this point, and we're still not positive what the endgame of his recovery will look like. We'll know that better when it's time for Greenwood to go home.
At the same point, this is still an outright miracle, as Greenwood had practically died on that football field on that early September afternoon. The fact that he's awake, upright, and asking nurses questions about aspects of his life means that his body has responded extremely well to treatment, and that only portends well for his quality of life going forward.