Prayers pour in for coma-induced Hill-Murray football player

| October 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hill-Murray senior Zach Zarembinski pictured with his father, Dan, and his mother, Tracy, earlier this fall. Zach Zarembinski remains in a medically-induced coma Oct. 29 after collapsing at a football game Oct. 27. Via

Support has been coming in from the Hill-Murray School community and beyond for senior Zach Zarembinski since he collapsed Oct. 27.

A lineman for the Pioneers football team, Zarembinski “was beginning to not feel good” during an Oct. 27 playoff game according to his family’s GoFundMe page. He had been playing in the game but “took himself off the field where he collapsed shortly after.”

“Zach was treated for a brain bleed where he had undergone surgery as needed and is now in a medically induced coma,” the page states.

Hill-Murray students and staff wore green, the school’s primary color, Nov. 1 in honor of Zarembinski. The school’s all-school All Saints Day Mass was offered for Zarembinski.

Other Catholic school communities across the Twin Cities also wore green for Zarembinski in addition to praying for him. Schools included St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Little Canada where Zarembinski went for grade school.

The Zarembinski family requested prayers for Zach and financial help for his medical expenses on GoFundMe. They have a goal of raising $100,000.

Assurances of prayers have been posted in the GoFundMe page’s comments feed. Recent posts Oct. 29 include ones from a prayer chain in Brainerd, a former NHL player and families from neighboring high schools. As of Oct. 29, supporters have raised $23,402.

At Hill-Murray, an Oct. 28 post on the school’s Twitter feed asked for “continued prayers for Zach Zarembinski and his family.” A school spokesperson said there are plans for praying for and supporting the Zarembinskis, but plans won’t be released out of respect for the family’s privacy.

The Zarembinski family also had a CaringBridge page set up, which has had more than 15,114 visits since Oct. 28. An Oct. 29 update stated that “Zach is still stable and remains in a medically induced coma.”

The post also mentioned that he “opened his eyes” and “seemed alert but was sedated again to minimize movement.” The entry by Becca Zarembinski, Zach’s older sister, thanked everyone for their prayers.

“Your prayers are working, please continue to pray,” she wrote. “My family and I are so thankful for the overwhelming love and support.”

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