The 15-year-old boy is headed home after seven months in the hospital. He suffered the following injuries as a passenger in a car involved in the head-on collision:
- Hemorrhaging in the medulla and brain stem
- Traumatic brain injury
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
Though he can now walk with braces, get around in a wheelchair and communicate using sign language, the boy’s family does not believe he is ready to come home. In fact, because his home is not yet handicapped accessible, he will not be heading home. Instead he will stay with neighbors until the house is reworked for him.
Despite his release, which was instigated by his medical insurance company, the teen will continue to receive therapy several times a week. To get to those sessions his family had to rent a special van at a cost of $100 each day. Whether his medical condition will improve any further as a result of that therapy, remains to be seen.
It is unclear who was at fault for the accident that caused the injuries. If it was due to the negligence of the driver of the other vehicle it is possible that a personal injury lawsuit could be filed against that person. Any compensation that might be recovered in such a case would likely be extremely helpful to this family.
Source: KDKA, “Severely Injured Teen Discharged From Rehab Despite Concerns From Parents,” Brenda Waters, May 8, 2014