NWPR broke the story of the Friday Night Injury to Evergreen High School student athlete Kenny Bui. Kenny fell as the result of a Vicious blow we think, something football kids are coached to deliver, and he was hospitalized shortly thereafter.
What we know is that he took a serious blow during the game last Friday Night against Hiline High school in Burien, Washington. A few minutes later he was out of the game and being attended to by emergency Medical teams.
He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington where they have one of the best Brain Injury units in the USA. Our sources indicated that Kenny had a severe brain bleed and that he had immediate emergency surgery to alleviate the pressure on his brain. This is often called a craniectomy and it has saved many lives. It does not always work. The brain loses its ability to auto-regulate blood flow when an injury like this one occurs and it will bring as much blood as possible to the brain to prevent catastrophe and death. In the process the brain is damaged and players usual die. Kenny was not able to beat the odds and passed away tragically today with his family by his side.
This is commonly known as Second Impact Syndrome and in the coming days much debate will surround if Kenny was playing hurt or if he had a concussion or big blow during the game. Legal experts and doctors often debate this but the consensus we have heard is that these tragic deaths are rarely caused by one blow but rather the brain reacting to an initial bleed and then a subsequent blow. This is where the concerns lie - could anything at all have been done?
That is what happened to Valley Christian High School (Spokane, WA) Drew Swank in 2009 (Top Row - second from left) - Drew died from this same injury as have many many others in the US in recent years including some this season. The bottom left is Dylan Steigers who is form Missoula Montana and he died after a blow like the one Kenny received in a scrimmage at eastern Oregon University. Several of the other boys in these pictures had the same injury and trauma that Kenny did.
On top of all of this is the injury to QB David Young Jr of Adna, Washington who is also at Harborview with a Broken Neck that happened Friday in his game against Napavine. David is stable and is reportedly just next to where Kenny Bui was being attended to. This is a terrible thing to see happen to these boys and the game.
A 3rd athlete, Ramon Angel Oros, is in stable condition also at Harborview after he suffered a severe blow a week earlier in Eastern Washington where he plays for Pateros High School. Ray, as he is known, had the same surgery Bui had and has survived. He is suffering paralysis and a myriad of other problems. But he is stable for now.
The schools district announced this today after Kenny Bui passed away.
“It is with great sadness that School Board President Bernie Dorsey and I share with you that TEC High School senior Kenney Bui, who was critically injured in Friday night’s Evergreen vs. Highline football game, died this morning at the hospital,” Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Edfield said in a statement.
“This is a devastating loss for all of us — Evergreen students, families, and staff, and our entire Highline community. Our deepest condolences go out to Kenney’s family and all who knew him. Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Family is asking for Privacy. We know that is the best thing. For now we close our eyes and Pray and #Remember11 & #BuiStrong - God Bless all our Friday Night athletes.