'It was a disappointing day:' Ben Abercrombie's family asks for prayers after setback

Injured Harvard, former Hoover football player Ben Abercrombie (right) is currently breathing with the help of a ventilator following a medical setback.

The family of a former Hoover athlete injured during his first football game at Harvard has asked the public for prayers after a medical setback.

Through 'Caring Bridge,' Ben Abercrombie's father provided an update on his condition.

On Monday Marty Abercrombie wrote a diaphragm pacing system intended to wean Ben off of his ventilator did not work.

"It was a disappointing day and many tears were shed."

Despite the setback, Ben is recuperating well following the procedure. Marty says Ben has been able to eat and speak without much difficulty.

The Abercrombie family is now looking for another option in Ben's recovery process, as he continues to require a ventilator to breathe.

"The Abercrombie's need your prayers more than ever tonight," Marty Abercrombie wrote.

Ben's family says they are grateful for the continued community support.

This Friday the Birmingham Bulls hockey team is hosting a 'Stand up for Ben' night at the Pelham ice rink.

The proceeds from their 'Sharknado Night' jersey auction will go towards Ben's recovery.

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