Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A 17 year old boy was transferred to us after an attempted suicide. Family said he was outside playing football with his friends. He came home....was drunk...told everyone he knew they didn't want him alive...and went into his parents bedroom. Next thing they heard was one shot of a rifle. He put the riffle under his chin and tried to kill himself.
He didn't die...but he pretty much blew off his face. It was one of the most unbelievable sights I have ever seen...and I mean that in a bad way. He aimed the gun up instead of back, and the riffle destroyed his chin, mouth, facial bones, eyes, forehead, etc. Amazingly he was intubated at the other hospital. I don't know how. You could see parts of his brain from the open bony defects. His face was basically a big crater gushing blood. Neurologically, he was intact. When sedation would wear off, he would reach for his tubes and move his arms. Cat scan just showed a small bleed in his brain from the skull fragments.
There are so many points we could discuss here. What could drive a young normal kid to this??? Why was he drinking??? And of course...gun control! I will let you guys discuss these in the comment section. Right now I can't. After spending hours trying to tie off all the bleeding vessels in his crater face...I just need this image out of my head so I can sleep.
Posted by SerenityNow at 6:29 PM