19-Year-Old Navy RB Dies While In a Coma [Details]
Naval Academy running back Will McKamey died earlier this week while in a coma at the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center.
According to USA Today the 19 year – old running back suffered a hard blow to the head in the 2012 season which caused him to be hospitalized.
Fast forward to last Saturday where Mckamey passed out during a spring football practice and was taken to the hospital. Mckamey underwent cranial surgery to relieve the pressure built up in his brain. It is not certain whether or not his past brain injuries are the direct cause of his death.
Mckamey’s parents and Navy say that Mckamey saw four different brain doctors before he was cleared to play.
Since his prior accident in 2012 Will has been seen by four different neurosurgeons,” McKamey’s mother, Kara, said in a statement last weekend. “He had 4-6 CAT scans and MRIs to rule out any issue and clear him for contact. After his prior incident he went without any contact for over nine months to just be safe. We feel obviously there is more going on in his brain than we could have ever detected. I want to be clear that the Navy football program nor us as his parents would have ever allowed him to be in a dangerous situation.”
Navy is planning funeral arrangements and practices have been canceled to help the players grieve their lost brother.
Source: USA Today