8-year-old California boy is in a medically induced coma after he collided with his sister on a TRAMPOLINE
8-year-old California A boy is fighting for his young life and has been put into a medically induced coma after colliding with his younger sister on a trampoline.
Leland Havensek was celebrating his brother’s birthday in Carlsbad when the accident happened while jumping on the family trampoline.
After the collision, his family began monitoring him every 10 to 15 minutes for a potential concussion, said mother Leland Magee.
However, later that day, Maggie heard a noise she said sounded like snoring and found her son “getting excited and unresponsive”.
The 8-year-old boy had to be airlifted to Children’s Hospital in San Diego, about 34 miles away.
8-year-old California boy Leland Havensek is fighting for his young life and was placed in a medically induced coma after he collided with his younger sister on a trampoline
“They said it’s actually pretty serious and we’re not sure if he’s going to make it,” Maggie told KTLA when she and her husband arrived as they prepared Leland for surgery.
A CT scan showed severe bleeding in Leland’s brain, swelling and a blood clot large enough to cause the boy to have a stroke.
He underwent two surgeries and was in a medically induced coma for several days, but on Tuesday Maggie said he was starting to improve.
“They made the decision to go ahead and remove the skull to allow the brain to expand and swell without causing secondary damage. Everything they’ve done has been wonderful and he’s responding really well,” she said.
Until Wednesday GoFundMe started for Leland by one of his teachers, Melanie Lupica, said he began to wake up.
“Leland is slowly starting to wake up. They are taking the medication and watching him closely to see how he reacts,” said the fundraiser, which has raised $36,000 so far. “His family is with him and he is starting to show signs of hearing them . We hope we have some great news ahead of us. His family is very grateful for the love and support.”
The boy’s awakening is due to withdrawal of the medication. However, a difficult future awaits him.
“He won’t be able to walk. No, when he comes out we don’t know, but his entire left side will be compromised, Maggie said.
Leland Havensek was celebrating his brother’s birthday in Carlsbad when the accident happened while jumping on the family trampoline
While he was walking back from the collision, his family began monitoring him every 10 to 15 minutes for a possible concussion, said Leland’s mother Magee
An 8-year-old boy had to be airlifted to Children’s Hospital in San Diego, about 34 miles away
“They said it’s actually very serious and we’re not sure he’s going to make it,” said Maggie Havensek
Leland’s stepfather, Casey Shershon, said the fundraising and community support has been a huge help.
“This is like our darkest hour, and the community is really a light for us,” Sershon said. “Everyone shines with his own light. [It] helps us sort that out and just know that he’s important to a lot of other people.”
Trampoline accidents are surprisingly common. More than 800,000 children were injured from trampolines between 2009 and 2018, most of them under the age of 16, according to Mayo Clinic research.
About a third of the injuries were broken bones, but head and spinal injuries are known to occur.
“Kids are endlessly inventive in figuring out ways to break bones on trampolines,” says Dr. William J. Shaughnessy, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. “Safety nets are quite effective at preventing children from falling, but without them, they inevitably fall.”
On Wednesday, one of his teachers, Melanie Lupica, started a GoFundMe for Leland, saying he was starting to wake up
Leland’s stepfather, Casey Shershon (pictured left), said the fundraising and support from the community has been a big help
‘[Leeland] will not be able to walk. Not when he comes out, we don’t know, but his whole left side will be compromised,” his mother said.
Figures show that half of all pediatric emergency department admissions in the UK are due to trampoline accidents.
An analysis of nearly 1.4 million trampoline injuries worldwide has concluded that the activity “poses a significant risk” to young people.
While trampolines have been a family garden staple for decades, trampoline parks have enjoyed a boom in popularity in recent years.
There are now hundreds of indoor and outdoor parks in the UK that are popular places for birthday parties, compared to just a few a decade ago.
A study found that children who visit trampoline centers are twice as likely to break bones or sprain ligaments as those who use them at home.
Figures show half of all child injury admissions in the UK are due to trampoline accidents
This is because “the higher tensile strength used in commercial trampoline centers can cause a stronger bounce,” creating a bigger jump and putting more pressure on the bones.
The UK Research Unit at the University of Sydney examined emergency department admissions for children under 14 years of age in Oxfordshire between January 2012 and March 2014.
Overall, about half of all accidents related to physical activity involved jumping on a trampoline, making it more dangerous than playing football or rugby.