Watch: God's power helps teen overcome the odds after traumatic brain injury
On September 8, 2015, 13-year-old Isaiah was at football practice when he got a severe headache and began throwing up. After getting a call from the coach, Isaiah’s mom Christina came to the field.
“And that's when I saw him kinda stumbling,” said Christina. “I just thought, ‘that's kinda strange.’ He was saying one word at a time. He kept saying ‘home,’ ‘hurt’ and ‘help.’ And then I realized something else was wrong.”
To be safe, Christina took him to the hospital. On the way, she called her husband Ozzy who met them there.
“And I just remember saying, ‘Isaiah’s just dehydrated,’” remembered Ozzy. “‘Maybe he just needs a lot of water. And he’s going to be okay.’”
While waiting to see the doctor, Isaiah struggled to communicate and keep his eyes open.
“Something told me to look in his eyes,” said Christina. “I didn't really know what I was doing. So I got my cellphone out and I shined a light into each eye and I noticed his pupils were not responding.”
Ozzy became worried and said, “Then that’s when I started questioning, okay, something is not right here.”
They alerted one of the nurses, who immediately took Isaiah back for evaluation.
“They took him for the CT scan and when he came back I could just tell that something was not right,” said Christina. “And I said, ‘it's something serious; isn't it?’ and he said, ‘yeah, it is.’"
The scan revealed a cluster of blood vessels in Isaiah’s brain had ruptured and that he needed immediate surgery. Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Troup was on duty.
“He had a lot of blood on his brain that was causing a lot of pressure and kinda matched how bad he looked on his exam,” Dr. Troup reported.
Dr. Troup prepared the family for the worst.
“There was a chance he could bleed to death on the table,” Dr. Troup said solemnly “At this point, we were just trying to save his life, and he could still have a very bad outcome from this even if he survived.”
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