Tonight we had an incident at a local recreation league. The kids are playing basketball and we had a 13 year old go up for a rebound and got pushed very hard and twisted upside down landing on his head.. I knew immediately that we had a situation on our hands. The child never got up from the fall..
I stabilized the neck and tried to keep his as still as possible. He had minor blood loss from the back of the head. As I was holding his head, I also put light compress on the head to control the bleeding. I asked all the park staff for Ice packs and any kind of neck collar...Nothing..I felt really helpless at this point. I knew we had a trauma on our hands. 911 was called and it felt like forever before help got there. Response was over 10 min..and they were in no hurry when they arrived..
Finally got a brace on the neck and on the board. At this point no feeling in the legs and severe pain in the entire back. Periods of blacking out and no knowledge of who, where or what happened, minor convulsing of arms and legs.
Now, I am really wondering why no training is given or supplies on hand for basic first aid? This was a serious incident and it really woke me up as to how unsafe it is to have our children and youth playing recreational sports..
What if a person had a heart attack? Heat stroke? Head injury..Time is so important..
This needs to change...
I pray for my sons friend and hope that he is ok. He was taken to Hershey Med Trauma Center. No word yet. I will keep you posted..