Posted on February 8, 2013 · Posted in Brain Injury

Once again, a hospital seems to have treated a concussion too casually. And now an 11-year-old boy is in a medically induced coma, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

The case involves Bailey O’Neill, a sixth grader in Darby Township, Pa. His father, Rob O’Neill, told the TV station that four weeks ago his son was beaten by several bullies.

The boy took blows to the face that fractured his nose, and was knocked down, sustaining a concussion, according to WPVI.

Bailey’s folks did the right thing, taking him to a local hospital to be examined and checked. He was apparently released then.

It looks like the hospital didn’t do any tests or pay any special attention to the boy’s concussion. It doesn’t sound like the hospital told the parents to watch for the symptoms of a concussion, and to bring him back if things got worse. I don’t know if the hospital told the parents to have their son rest up and take it easy.

Bailey’s father soon noticed that the boy was acting funny – he was sleeping a lot, was moody and wasn’t eating. Within a few days, Bailey was having bad seizures, WPVI reported.

He is now at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, where doctors put him into a medically induced coma about two weeks ago.

Southeast Delco School District Superintendent Stephen Butz told WPVI that he has asked for Darby Township police to investigate the bullying incident.

“We are very concerned about the medical condition of this student,” Butz’s statement said. “And our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

So are mine.


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