Connor Lynes, the east Hull-based junior rugby player who was critically injured after a game for Lambwath Lions at the weekend, has made some progress.
The 14-year-old has managed to smile after undergoing surgery on the blood clot in his brain. He is also now out of the induced coma he was placed in by doctors.
The rugby league community has rallied to the cause of supporting Connor in recent days, with messages of support coming from as far away as Australia.
“He still has a clot in his brain stem,” Mr David Lynes, Connor’s uncle, told the Hull Daily Mail.
“The surgeons couldn’t get it out but they are thinning his blood to try to disperse the clot.
“Connor did come out the coma and is breathing unaided.
“He’s opened his eyes and even managed a cheeky smile.
“The support, love and messages we have received has been truly amazing and I thank you all. But please keep praying as he has a long and hard fight.”