An 8-year-old boy is in a critical condition in the Netcare Unitas Hospital in Pretoria after he was injured while playing rugby at his elementary school in Pretoria North earlier in May. At the time of the report, the events leading up to the injury were unclear, but it was thought that the boy was injured when he attempted to tackle another player. A Netcare911 spokesperson was able to give that little bit of information. Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the boy semi-conscious and still on the field. He had sustained serious spinal trauma as well as a significant head injury. He was airlifted to the Netcare Unitas Hospital for treatment. Like slip and fall injuries in Brooklyn and The Bronx, rugby injuries are the cause of many spinal problems.
In another incident in Sino Ville, Pretoria, a 10-year-old schoolboy was seriously injured when a scrum collapsed during another rugby game.
Netcare911 paramedics had to rush from the first child’s incident to the second child’s. He was also found lying on the field, the Netcare911 representative said. It was found that this boy had sustained head and spinal trauma and was transported by ambulance to the same hospital for further care.
A NYC Spinal Injury Lawyer affirms what many parents realize: sports can be quite dangerous when they are not accompanied by adequate supervision and instruction. Proper equipment is also very important for student safety.
If there is ever a question of safety-related inadequacies, parents should feel free to approach their school boards and administrators about using better equipment. Especially when presented with facts, school boards can use that information to make better decisions about what to use and what to avoid. They can also use any information to tailor their sports programs to be effective and safe.
The boys’ recovery and long-term diagnosis is unknown at this time. The first several months after an injury are the most important as spinal and head injuries have some plasticity, or ability to recover. If the injuries are too severe, though, there are no actual treatments to reverse such loss.
Contact a New York Spinal Injury Attorney today for a consultation. Being represented by one of these dedicated legal advisors will help your case reach a successful resolution.