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West Virginia high school player remains in medically-induced coma

As another Friday night approaches and high school football players across the country prepare for their next game, it’s important to remember the struggles of those who have suffered severe injuries.

Every year, it happens in multiple communities.  Not enough to be regarded as an epidemic, but too often to be ignored.

Here in West Virginia, 17-year-old Dylan Jeffries of South Harrison High School remains in a medically-induced coma a week after having emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.  He collapsed on the sidelines during his team’s September 27 game.

It has been an eye-opening time for my son, who plays for Clarksburg Notre Dame High School.  Alex understands the risks of playing football; he suffered a concussion last year, and it took him roughly a week to get back to normal.  Still, we previously found comfort in the flawed notion that the really serious injuries typically happen in places where the players generally are bigger, faster, and stronger.

Dylan is showing some progress, as the pressure in his brain begins to diminish.  A fund has been established for his medical expenses, if anyone is inclined to make a contribution.

Dylan and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers, hopeful that he makes a full and quick recovery.

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17 Responses to “West Virginia high school player remains in medically-induced coma”
  1. golforepar says: Oct 4, 2013 10:39 AM

    We all are praying for you Dylan! Get well.

  2. rando74 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:41 AM

    Praying for this dude. GOD is with you Dylan

  3. pacopicopiedra says: Oct 4, 2013 10:43 AM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if people who suffer catastrophic health care issues didn’t have organize fund raisers or face bankruptcy? Oh wait, that’s what Obamacare is for. Good thing the Republicans shut down the government to try to stop it.

  4. garyzx7r says: Oct 4, 2013 10:48 AM

    God bless this young man, hope he recovers!

  5. abqpacker says: Oct 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    Thanks PFT for bringing this to our attention. Very sad story, and I wish he and his family the best.

    My 11-year old missed a month with a concussion earlier this year. I was also under the mistaken impression that at his age hits couldn’t be hard enough to do any damage.

  6. pace26301 says: Oct 4, 2013 11:01 AM

    From being a local football fan and having my son play football at a local high school and be rivals to South Harrison. Never something you want to see or hear about.

    Many prayers are with you from my family

  7. 81toro says: Oct 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    Politics do not belong here.God be with him and his family.

  8. scaredhitless says: Oct 4, 2013 11:16 AM

    Lets pray for this young man’s health and he gets the healthcare he needs now and in the future.

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 4, 2013 11:32 AM

    God bless, son. 👪

  10. pbastille says: Oct 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    Get well soon, young man. And Mike, you are fortunate your son got back to normal so quickly. My son took over 8 weeks to feel (and act) 100%

  11. mp4philly says: Oct 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    Get well soon, young man.

  12. kingmj4891 says: Oct 4, 2013 11:52 AM

    pacopicopiedra says:
    Oct 4, 2013 10:43 AM
    Wouldn’t it be nice if people who suffer catastrophic health care issues didn’t have organize fund raisers or face bankruptcy? Oh wait, that’s what Obamacare is for. Good thing the Republicans shut down the government to try to stop it.


    Neither for or against Obamacare but lets be true and not distort the facts. Obamacare will not pay for your catastrophic health care issues.

    That is not what Obamacare does, what it does requires is that you have insurance at a certain percentage of coverage level, which you must pay monthly premiums on.

    Then you would still have to pay first up to your deductible lets say that is $5000 which is common. Then you have to pay coinsurance which is a percentage of a provider’s charge that you will be required to pay after you’ve met the deductible (Obamacare max is a coinsurance level of 40% so 40% of $10000 is $4000)until you reach your out of pocket maximum which can be quite high still.

    So don’t go trotting out Obamacare as a savoir healthcare system because it is not, it just requires people to have insurance or pay a fine. People will still be paying for their health beyond the normal premiums.

  13. patfanken says: Oct 4, 2013 1:20 PM

    Nice to have football highlighted again for a negative story. I find in ironic that parents will now adamantly refuse to let their sons play a great game, while routinely allowing their kids to get and and drive cars that KILL THOUSANDS of teenagers every year Yet on the other hand will keep them from a game that can teach so many valuable life lessons.

  14. mackie66 says: Oct 4, 2013 2:00 PM

    I played football back the late 60s, in So FLa. and not to brag but no one hit like we did and “we” means us and teams we played against. Football back then was a different animal then today and I am puzzled by all the head injures accruing in todays game. I wonder about the helmets used by pros, college and high school. I see them ill fitted on the players and I wonder if the old “Ridell” suspension helmet isnt a better helmet then whats in use today. I never suffered a headache or concussion, and Ive had my “bell” rung. And Ive never seen a player lose his helmet during a game like they do today. Ive seen todays player(NFL) lose their helmet and put it back on without unsnapping the chin strap, it just slid over his head like it was lathered with Vaseline. Thats an ill-fitted helmet.

  15. irishnativeson says: Oct 4, 2013 2:52 PM

    Queer, as in odd, how a comment gets a majority of thumbs ups, then someone makes a comment that is in direct conflict with that sentiment, however, yet again receives a majority of thumbs ups. I believe that’s the definition of hypocrisy. Well played political conservatives, well played.

  16. darkglobe1 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    But those actors wearing lab coats in the NFL commercials tell me that they are making the game safer. Are you telling me they may be lying?

  17. cumbdogg says: Oct 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    Tragically Dylan Jeffries has passed away from his injuries. Very sad and the community lost a great young man. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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