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‘Prayer is so powerful’: MRA football coach Herbert Davis leaves hospital

Herbert Davis talks to a group of players after a 7v7 game in 2021 (Photo from MRA Football/Twitter)

After being hospitalized twice in two weeks, Madison-Ridgeland Academy head football coach Herbert Davis is heading home.

Davis, a five-time state champion battling kidney failure, posted the news to social media Monday morning.

Davis missed the Patriots’ first two games of the season due to medical issues. He was initially hospitalized on Sunday, August 7 due to a kidney infection. After being released five days later, he was readmitted to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson on Sunday, August 13.

Upon being checked in, doctors found that fluid had built up around Davis’ heart, according to a report from The Clarion-Ledger. They were able to drain a liter and a half from his chest before keeping him in the hospital for another eight days.

Davis was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2020. School officials told the Jackson-based newspaper that he is still looking for a matching donor.

“If you know anybody that has a kidney, he needs one,” interim head coach Danny White said. “If we can get that word out and get him healthy and a kidney, this would be an unbelievable story.”

MRA (2-0) will take on Oak Forest Academy out of Amite, La. at home this Friday. It’s unclear if the Patriots will be with or without Davis on the sidelines.

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