ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock ISD student was rushed into emergency brain surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center after a discus hit him in the head during track practice back in March.
Doctors later determined Jayden Sugg, 14, had a skull fracture, head trauma, hemorrhaging, and a midline shift of his brain, among other injuries.
“For like the first week or two,” Sugg said. “I wasn’t able to really talk, like everything was slurred.”
He’s also still working to walk the way he used to.
The injury happened on the discus practice field at Hernandez Middle School on March 25. Sugg went to pick up the discuses and measuring sticks, when an incoming discus hit him.
“I got there, Jayden was lying on the ground, he was drooling, tongue partially out, slurring his speech, his eyes were shaky,” said Brandie Patton, Jayden’s mom.
Jayden quickly realized his body wasn’t functioning the way it was supposed to.
“‘Mom, am I going to die?'” he asked. “Because at that moment, it was just scary, I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Patton said at first no one called 911, instead, school staff called her and asked her to hurry to campus.
“They said they did not want me to be upset about the cost of an ambulance, this is my child’s life, I don’t care about the cost of an ambulance.
Round Rock ISD said when the coach, then trainer arrived, “…the student was found to be conscious, speaking and able to use their phone.”
The district adds that protocols were properly followed.
State law requires safety training for all coaches, athletic sponsors and marching band directors.
A least once a year, schools have to conduct a safety drill using this training.
Additionally, all student-athletes must receive training on symptoms of catastrophic injuries. That includes head and neck injuries.
Doctors tell Sugg he won’t be allowed to play football ever again and needs to wait up to a year before he can resume basketball.
Patton is considering legal action against the district and said they were negligent in ensuring her son’s safety.
“They need to train their staff better, they need to train their coaches better, they need to train their trainers better.”