DAVENPORT, Iowa --- After about 2½ months of silence, the family of former Pleasant Valley High School and University of Iowa football player Brett Greenwood has provided some information about his medical condition.
An upbeat 445-word update has been posted on the Brett Greenwood Foundation website, stating that the 24-year-old former player is speaking and continuing to make steady progress as he struggles to recover from a brain injury sustained last fall.
“Ten months later, and to no one’s surprise, Brett is amazing the doctors and therapists, and surpassing everything they throw at him,” the blog reported. “Brett has done more work in these last 10 months than anyone can possibly imagine — and doing it all with the grace and determination that he has always shown on and off the field.”
Greenwood collapsed last Sept. 9 during a workout on the Pleasant Valley football field, less than a week after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Medical personnel preparing for Pleasant Valley’s football game that night treated Greenwood at the scene and were able to restart his heart. He was transported to University Hospitals in Iowa City that night.
Greenwood, who was a four-year starter at free safety for Iowa, was in an induced coma for 27 days and has spent most of the past eight months at a rehabilitation facility in Ankeny.
There has been very little news on his condition, only infrequent updates on the website of the foundation set up to provide financial aid for his recovery.
The last update had been on April 13, when the website’s blog revealed that a black lab puppy named Steele Magnolia had been purchased for Greenwood.
The latest update indicates that he is undergoing physical therapy five days a week.
“The Occupational Therapists assist Brett in everyday activities, and lately focusing especially on his vision — which has come back stronger and more consistent every day!” according to the blog. “In speech therapy, Brett works on memory and word association – quizzing him to remember series of words and numbers, adding and subtracting randomly throughout a sequence. And with an ever so slight bit of sarcasm, Brett goes at such a rapid rate it causes the therapists to have to stop and double check their own math.”
The blog indicated there is no timeline for his recovery and that there are many things that still are not known about his condition or his future.
“He has come further in the last ten months than they ever thought he would, and there is nothing but pure excitement and encouragement for how much more he can continue to improve,” the blog reported.
The family also reiterated its gratitude to the people of Iowa for their support, and pleaded again to give Greenwood and his family their privacy.
“When he is ready, he will reach out and speak about his journey — but at this time he is focused on furthering his recovery,” according to the blog.