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(Billings Gazette)   High school football standout wins player-of-the-game award from college team, works out with team members after the game. Oh, and two weeks ago he had a leg amputated after breaking it in a game   (billingsgazette.com) divider line 30
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2012-11-04 03:27:44 AM
well, I guess that's one way to "heal up" quickly -- get your leg broken, just cut it off. Back out in life in a matter of days.
 
2012-11-04 05:36:33 AM

ekdikeo4: well, I guess that's one way to "heal up" quickly -- get your leg broken, just cut it off. Back out in life in a matter of days.


Well, at least they didn't just shoot him like they did in the old days.
 
2012-11-04 07:46:39 AM

SnarfVader: ekdikeo4: well, I guess that's one way to "heal up" quickly -- get your leg broken, just cut it off. Back out in life in a matter of days.

Well, at least they didn't just shoot him like they did in the old days.


Such a shame. We lost so many football players that way.
 
2012-11-04 08:00:02 AM
How bad do you have to break a leg - short of (literally) breaking it off - to require amputation?
 
2012-11-04 08:39:00 AM
"He knows he has to overcome this huge hurdle he is facing"

Poor choice of imagery there, coach.
 
2012-11-04 09:16:09 AM

cmunic8r99: How bad do you have to break a leg - short of (literally) breaking it off - to require amputation?


The kid got a bacterial infection in the lower leg after a compound double break of the leg. My limited medical knowledge tells me that the bone fractured and broke through the skin and, subsequently, became infected.

At that point, he's probably looking at two choices:
- Keep the leg and go through years of physical therapy and several more surgeries while he walks with a limp for the rest of his life
- Cut the leg off, go through the half a dozen surgeries that he did have, and be able to be remotely active with a prosthetic
 
2012-11-04 09:38:12 AM
Heroic?
Breaking your leg is heroic now?

/Football is a stupid game, people.
 
2012-11-04 09:38:16 AM

bulldg4life: cmunic8r99: How bad do you have to break a leg - short of (literally) breaking it off - to require amputation?

The kid got a bacterial infection in the lower leg after a compound double break of the leg. My limited medical knowledge tells me that the bone fractured and broke through the skin and, subsequently, became infected.

At that point, he's probably looking at two choices:
- Keep the leg and go through years of physical therapy and several more surgeries while he walks with a limp for the rest of his life
- Cut the leg off, go through the half a dozen surgeries that he did have, and be able to be remotely active with a prosthetic


Didn't see anything about the infection in TFA (and was too lazy to look for more details).
 
2012-11-04 09:39:24 AM

ekdikeo4: well, I guess that's one way to "heal up" quickly -- get your leg broken, just cut it off. Back out in life in a matter of days.


What role would an insurance company play in such an action?
I wonder.
 
2012-11-04 09:42:38 AM
How the fark does a young, strong, 18-year-old kid break his leg and have to have it amputated?
Is this 1863 and nobody told me?
 
2012-11-04 09:54:12 AM

cmunic8r99: How bad do you have to break a leg - short of (literally) breaking it off - to require amputation?


HotIgneous Intruder: How the fark does a young, strong, 18-year-old kid break his leg and have to have it amputated?


Kid had a compound fracture. This is where the bone breaks completely and results in a shard puncturing the skin from the inside out. A.k.a. broken bone sticking out of the flesh.

If the bone breaks the skin, it's very, very bad. It's not the damage to the bone that causes amputation, per se. The bone [marrow] is exposed to the outside, and football fields aren't exactly clean. They can do their best to clean the wound and give antibiotics intravenously, but if the bone gets infected the odds of losing the limb are high.

The prognosis is better if the bone is shattered into a dozen pieces as long as the skin's intact. Unbroken skin keeps the bone sterile until the surgeons get to it.
 
2012-11-04 10:29:30 AM
Hero? He is just a kid with dumb parents who let him play football.

/love football
//played football
/// will not let my sons play football
 
2012-11-04 10:35:58 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: How the fark does a young, strong, 18-year-old kid break his leg and have to have it amputated?
Is this 1863 and nobody told me?


there is more than one reason his nickname is, "the horse"

/drtfa
//got nothin'
 
2012-11-04 10:47:40 AM
It's a pretty cool and perhaps even inspiring story, but we should really think about getting more selective regarding the use of the "Hero" tag.
 
2012-11-04 10:57:15 AM

p the boiler: Hero? He is just a kid with dumb parents who let him play football.

/love football
//played football
/// will not let my sons play football


This.

///And this
 
2012-11-04 11:07:29 AM
That's a drastic treatment for a broken leg!
 
2012-11-04 11:38:30 AM

bulldg4life: At that point, he's probably looking at two choices:
- Keep the leg and go through years of physical therapy and several more surgeries while he walks with a limp for the rest of his life
- Cut the leg off, go through the half a dozen surgeries that he did have, and be able to be remotely active with a prosthetic


I wrecked a motorcycle in my misspent youth and broke both legs, amongst other things. I got an infection in my right leg and they were going to cut it off, I fought them on this and managed to keep the leg. Good thing because even though I had to fight that infection, the infected leg is the straighter of the 2 and the strongest. Knee is messed up in my left leg, and walk with a cane because of it. If I had allowed the amputation, I'd have been back in a wheelchair some time ago.
Don't be so quick to cut off limbs, down the road it may make a difference.
/I do look gnarly in shorts.
 
2012-11-04 11:48:30 AM

dragonchild: cmunic8r99: How bad do you have to break a leg - short of (literally) breaking it off - to require amputation?

HotIgneous Intruder: How the fark does a young, strong, 18-year-old kid break his leg and have to have it amputated?

Kid had a compound fracture. This is where the bone breaks completely and results in a shard puncturing the skin from the inside out. A.k.a. broken bone sticking out of the flesh.

If the bone breaks the skin, it's very, very bad. It's not the damage to the bone that causes amputation, per se. The bone [marrow] is exposed to the outside, and football fields aren't exactly clean. They can do their best to clean the wound and give antibiotics intravenously, but if the bone gets infected the odds of losing the limb are high.

The prognosis is better if the bone is shattered into a dozen pieces as long as the skin's intact. Unbroken skin keeps the bone sterile until the surgeons get to it.


Truth. A guy I went to high school with, tried to perform a wrestling move on someone else from the top of a desk, and ended up face planting on the ground instead. Caught himself with his arm, and the lower arm bone snapped right through. Not only one of the more disgusting things I've ever heard (was on the opposite side of the room, couldn't see it, thankfully), but he was told there was a slight chance of something like that occuring. Probably a good thing that he was in a classroom at the time and not, as you said, on a football field. He did get to keep his arm.
 
2012-11-04 12:40:37 PM
Does no one else see the real story here? Carroll lost to Rocky Mountain. ROCKY MOUNTAIN.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen...
 
2012-11-04 01:06:24 PM

p the boiler: Hero? He is just a kid with dumb parents who let him play football.

/love football
//played football
/// will not let my sons play football


Thank you for your important contribution to the ongoing emasculation of America.

Slutter McGee
 
2012-11-04 01:13:57 PM
They amputated for a broken leg?

Do they only have veterinarians moonlighting as doctors in that town?
 
2012-11-04 01:28:07 PM
That headline was painful.
 
2012-11-04 05:38:46 PM
How does that make him a hero? Because he fractures a bone so severely he has to have something amputated? It makes him [STUPID]

/obviously they gave him the win, then sent his stupid crippled ass the f*ck home with his shiny medal
 
2012-11-04 07:19:27 PM

Slutter McGee: p the boiler: Hero? He is just a kid with dumb parents who let him play football.

/love football
//played football
/// will not let my sons play football

Thank you for your important contribution to the ongoing emasculation of America.

Slutter McGee


Heh. His kid doesn't get a few undiagnosed concussions, continues to do well in school, and goes on to college on an engineering degree.

the High School football "star"? You can see him any day of the week, pumping gas down at the local mart...
 
2012-11-04 09:14:38 PM
I don't know about the infection thing, but if a open fracture causes major damage to the blood vessels in the limb, there's pretty much nothing else they can do but amputate. Robert Edwards, a Pro Bowl running back for the Rams, had a horrible injury during a sand football game at the Pro Bowl festivities years ago and nearly lost his leg because he tore the artery.

The Injury to the South Carolina running back, Lattimore, last week made me think he was lucky to keep his leg after how badly it was flopping around.
 
2012-11-05 04:58:53 AM

mediablitz: Slutter McGee: p the boiler: Hero? He is just a kid with dumb parents who let him play football.

/love football
//played football
/// will not let my sons play football

Thank you for your important contribution to the ongoing emasculation of America.

Slutter McGee

Heh. His kid doesn't get a few undiagnosed concussions, continues to do well in school, and goes on to college on an engineering degree.

the High School football "star"? You can see him any day of the week, pumping gas down at the local mart...


mediablitz: Slutter McGee: p the boiler: Hero? He is just a kid with dumb parents who let him play football.

/love football
//played football
/// will not let my sons play football

Thank you for your important contribution to the ongoing emasculation of America.

Slutter McGee

Heh. His kid doesn't get a few undiagnosed concussions, continues to do well in school, and goes on to college on an engineering degree.

the High School football "star"? You can see him any day of the week, pumping gas down at the local mart...


yep every single person who plays football pumps gas or works fast food.

what instrument did you play in the marching band?
 
2012-11-05 05:16:46 AM
Holy crap. With today's medical technology, what kind of break necessitates amputation?
 
2012-11-05 07:05:46 AM
At his age, he may grow a few more inches, but he'll never grow another foot?

/Aisle seat please
 
2012-11-05 09:19:20 AM

Nogale: Holy crap. With today's medical technology, what kind of break necessitates amputation?


Apparently it's still 1843 in Montana.

/Yes, yes. I know. It was apparently a bad break, a freak thing, but still.
 
2012-11-06 05:18:54 PM

dragonchild: cmunic8r99: How bad do you have to break a leg - short of (literally) breaking it off - to require amputation?

HotIgneous Intruder: How the fark does a young, strong, 18-year-old kid break his leg and have to have it amputated?

Kid had a compound fracture. This is where the bone breaks completely and results in a shard puncturing the skin from the inside out. A.k.a. broken bone sticking out of the flesh.

If the bone breaks the skin, it's very, very bad. It's not the damage to the bone that causes amputation, per se. The bone [marrow] is exposed to the outside, and football fields aren't exactly clean. They can do their best to clean the wound and give antibiotics intravenously, but if the bone gets infected the odds of losing the limb are high.

The prognosis is better if the bone is shattered into a dozen pieces as long as the skin's intact. Unbroken skin keeps the bone sterile until the surgeons get to it.


Either that, or the compound fracture destroyed too much of the vascular system in the lower leg. If the "had his leg amputated a few days after breaking it" FTFA is 2 days, I'd venture to guess vascular. I do not think they would hack off a well conditioned teen's leg in 2 days for an infection.

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