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Hospital: health of injured BC player “improved″

April 14, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ The condition of a Boston College football player has improved since he was hospitalized last week for a cerebral blood clot, hospital officials said Monday.

Jermaine Monk, a sophomore linebacker, suffered a concussion during practice Thursday and was hospitalized in serious condition.

He remains in serious, but stable condition, following 4 1/2-hour emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, said Dr. Allan Ropper, chief of Neurology at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

``Monk’s condition has improved since Friday. He is breathing on his own and is no longer on a respirator,″ Ropper said. ``He is awake and is beginning to speak.″

Monk has a ``long recovery process″ ahead of him, said Dr. Guillermo Candia, chief of Neurosurgery.

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