Teen Struck by Car on Way to High School Football Game

“Kayden’s broken body was covered in bruises and abrasions from head to toe”

Kayden was riding his bike to the high school football stadium when he was struck by a car. The 14 year old was rushed to CoxHealth’s Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital by ambulance and brought into the ER as a Class 1 Trauma patient. In his initial evaluation, Kayden’s critical injuries were surveyed using the ABCDE assessment (airway, breathing, circulation/hemorrhage, disability, and exposure/environment), and it was determined that one of his primary problems was a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). This occurs when air leaks into the space between the lung and chest wall. His doctor needed to relieve the pressure on his lung, allowing it to re-expand. From the high impact and blunt force of the accident, Kayden also sustained a skull fracture from the hard blow to his head, a femur fracture, tibia/fibula fracture, kidney lacerations, humerus facture, sacral fracture, and pulmonary contusions. His poor wounded body was covered in bruises and abrasions from head to toe. With no time to waste, Kayden was immediately admitted to the PICU and scheduled for surgery that same night. He underwent two major operations during his extensive hospitalization to close his humerus, ankle, and skull fractures.

Kayden’s condition required an IV, a catheter, daily lab draws and dressing changes, and multiple CT scans and x-rays to survey all of the damage. In addition, he was subject to daily physical and occupational therapies in order for his body to begin to heal. He endured a lot of severe pain and suffering throughout his stay, but managed to maintain a positive attitude despite the strenuous circumstances. It was difficult for the athletic teen to be confined to a hospital bed, but he worked hard to regain his strength, drawing on the emotional support and encouragement from his ever present family and teammates. Kayden even had to spend his 15th birthday in the pediatric patient ward. He simply made the best of his situation and celebrated with his family in his hospital room. When he is finally able to leave the hospital, Kayden will be discharged to an inpatient rehabilitation facility for the remainder of his recovery.

It is with great pride that we honor Kayden’s perseverance by recognizing him as Kid’s Wish Network’s along with CoxHealth’s Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Hero of the Month. Way to go, Kayden!


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