Are abdominal injuries football's next concussion story?
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
At Taylor Haugen’s first game of the year, in 2008, the Niceville (Fla.) Eagles were playing their rival. The sophomore wide receiver reached up to catch a pass and was pummeled from the front and back. He tried to join the huddle on the next play, but struggling, his coach called him off the field. Her child wincing in pain, Kathy Haugen rushed to the fence behind the sideline. “When he came off the field, I knew. I just knew,” she said, describing her son as pale and gray. The team doctor believed it was an internal injury. “I was devastated. He lost consciousness in the ambulance, and never regained it,” she said, her voice trailing off. Brian Haugen, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard at the time, was in Mobile, Ala., deployed for Hurricane Gustav. His phone lit up. “I knew they were calling to tell me he caught a TD pass. I was convinced,” he recalled. When the news hit him that his only son’s injuries were serious, he drove “at a speed beyond legal limits” and reached the hospital, where surgeons were trying to save his son who had suffered a massive liver rupture. Kathy Haugen said Taylor was given 42 units of blood. “The surgeons said it was like trying to sew Jello,” Kathy said. The doctors faced the family with the news they had done all they could. They shut off the machines the next morning. Their son had died playing the sport he loved. Click here to read more.....