The North Bend Eagle


Raymond injured in accicent

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/29/15

North Bend Central seventh grader Russell Raymond was practicing the shot put Friday after school when he went to retrieve his shot after throwing it.

According to his mother, Erica Raymond, Russel stopped to talk to another student before getting his shot. The next student up to throw, seeing Raymond on the sideline, apparently thought he had retrieved his shot. Raymond finished talking and went to get his shot as the other student tuned his back to start his wind up to throw. His throw struck Raymond.

“It was a pure accident,” Erika Raymond said. “We don’t blame anyone.”

The six to eight pound shot put hit Raymond on the lower third of the back of his head.

There were three coaches in the area and parents Ray and Erika Raymond were quickly notified. They went to NBC where they saw that their son seemed OK. He was alert, answered questions and had no complaints. The plan was to stop by home, pick up a few items and then take Russell to urgent care in Fremont.

Within five minutes of arriving at home, Russell’s behavior changed. He became disoriented, non-responsive, lethargic; when he began vomiting his parents called the rescue squad. When the North Bend rescue squad arrived and assessed the situation they followed protocol for head injury and called Life Flight to take Russell to Omaha by helicopter. When it was established that he would be taken to University of Nebraska Medical Center, Erika and daughter Raychel left off for Omaha. Ray stayed with his son until he was on the helicopter and then a friend took him to Omaha.

Erika arrived about ten minutes before the helicopter. Russell had been sedated, intubated and was unaware of his ride. At UNMC he was taken to a trauma room where a CAT scan was done.

“It showed a very little bleed between the two top lobes of his brain,” Erika said. “The doctors also said there might be a slight fracture in the occipital bone.”

Russell was put on a ventilator and heart monitor and placed in pediatric ICU. He slowly came out of the sedation Friday night and was taken off the ventilator but continued with neurological checks every two hours.

Saturday morning he had a repeat CAT scan that looked better than the prior.

“The bleed was dispersing. Healing,” Erika said.

Russell continued on pain medication, anti-seizure medication and anti-nausea medication. Foods and liquids were slowly introduced.

“The doctor said no surgery was needed,” Erika said. She stayed with Russell the whole time. “He said we were really lucky the shot put did not shatter the skull. If it’d been a little lower, it’d been a whole different story.”

Saturday afternoon Russell was transferred to a regular room. Sunday he began eating solids and walking. He had to walk without being light headed and keep solid food down to be able to go home.

Russell was dismissed Sunday night with the diagnoses of a severe concussion. He continues on his medications and his mother has taken time off from work to keep watch over him.

Erika and Russell have visited with school and learned about their “Return to Learn” and “Return to Play” programs that Russell will be placed in. Right now he will stay home, in a dark room, mostly sleeping, with as little stimuli as possible to prevent headaches and other problems. When he feels up to it, he will return to school.

“They will work with him on his capacity at that time,” Erika said. “Every child is different. It may take three days, it may take three months before he can return to school. We will take it day by day, step by step. Right now it’s hour by hour.”

The Raymonds ask that visitors be limited and said potential visitors should call first to see if Russell is up to company. Cards would be appreciated.

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