A trampoline accident left an 8-year-old child from Carlsbad, California, with a traumatic brain injury and a medically-induced coma. When they slammed into each other, Leeland Havensek celebrated his brother’s birthday by jumping on the trampoline with his young sister.
“We gave him ice; he laid down for a bit. We monitored him every 10 to 15 minutes for a possible concussion,” said Maggie Havensek, Leeland’s mom.
Later, Wednesday night, as his mother was making lunches for the next day, Maggie said she heard a loud noise that sounded like a snore. “I ran into the room, and my son was seizing and not responsive,” she said. To get him to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, he was flown. Havensek was prepared for surgery when Maggie and her husband arrived.
“They said this is very serious, and we’re not sure if he’s going to make it,” said Maggie as she recounted her experience talking to the medical professionals.
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A CT scan revealed significant bleeding on the brain, edema, and a massive blood clot that resulted in a stroke but no skull fracture or concussion. After a second surgery on Saturday, they now believe he has recovered.
“They decided to act ahead and remove the skull to let the brain expand and swell without causing secondary damage. Everything they did was amazing, and he’s responding well,” Maggie said.