Thursday, October 14, 2010

One Tough 13 Year Old

A 13-year-old African American male came in by EMS for altered mental status. The history was very vague. All they knew was that he got hit in the head and didn't really respond after that.

He was no more than 5 feet tall and 100 pounds....tiny little guy.

Mom arrived and said that she didn't know what happened. She said he spends most of the time in the streets, smokes marijuana daily, and only drinks alcohol on weekends! He also had a big tatoo on his arm that said "I Don't Play." Remember....this kid was 13!!! Hell I am from the hood myself but don't remember any 13-year-olds this hard

He ended up just having a bad concussion. He was transferred to the local children's hospital where he can teach the other kiddos how to keep it real.

-ER Doc


Mrs. L said...

Between the alcohol, marijuana, and this head injury, that kid's brain cells have two chances to survive his childhood: slim and none.

In a perfect world his mother could be taught how to raise a child. In this one, I wish they'd just throw her ass in jail.

Holly said...



tracy said...

And i thought i babied my....19 year old. Sigh.

R. May said...

Mrs. L - that's not quite fair.

Frequently in these situations, mom has to work all day, several jobs and such.

Sure the mom might be at fault, but so might the kid. Once they get past a certain age you can't be with them 24 hours and if they choose to do things, there's not always much you can do. Hence the news stories about horrible children where everyone says but the parents and other kids were so great.

Also sounds like he's in a gang. Guess how much influence mom has over the gang members?

Something is wrong here but I'm not willing to throw the mother under the bus.