More than once Trevor has stood between a kid and a bully. But a few days after his 14th birthday, on November 14th, he himself was assaulted. Unfortunately, this time his courage resulted in physical injuries.
In an unprovoked attack, the bully shoved Trevor to the floor of the gym and punched him until he was unconscious. As dozens of classmates and a teacher watched in shock, he brutally stomped Trevor’s face until he was bleeding profusely. There was so much blood, his classmates feared the worst. There was a lot of damage was done. Trevor's teeth were kicked into his sinuses and his septum pushed back almost into his brain. One tooth, complete with root and nerve, was found on the floor. The upper jaw bone was broken in two places at the palate. Several teeth and the nose were broken. Trevor still can’t breathe through his nose.
Treatment started with emergency oral surgery, conducted within the two-hour window that makes the difference between saving reimplanted teeth and losing them. More treatments, including surgeries, will be needed in the future. If Trevor doesn’t get the treatment that’s necessary to save his teeth, he’ll most likely lose them - and he is far too young for implants. Right now, they are being held in place by braces, and solid foods are out of the question for 6 weeks.
Trevor’s parents have been residents of Ashland since childhood. They are hard workers, but are of limited means and there is no insurance. The medical expenses for treatment have already required significant cash out of pocket. Anyone who has been to a dentist can imagine the high costs that Trevor’s parents are facing. Emergency room, imaging, and ENT services are likewise expensive. At the same time, caring for Trevor has caused his parents to miss work, which has put additional pressure on dwindling resources. His parents are doing everything they can, but they need help.
Trevor is any underdog’s best friend and hero. He is a kind and compassionate teenage boy with a big heart. Trevor is well known for being loyal to friends and eager to help others even if he doesn’t know them well. His teachers have recognized how special he is and notes like the following have often been sent home:
Trevor did not deserve this act of violence. He has always done what he thought was right without concern for his own safety. We are so proud of him! We are asking the community to pitch in and help pay for his treatment so he can get back to school and doing what he loves best, playing football.
We truly appreciate any help that may come our way. Our only wish is for Trevor to come out of this experience with no long term damage and no ill effects to his sweet, compassionate nature that is his strength.
Thank you very much for considering a contribution!
The beneficiaries of this campaign are Trevor's parents, Jessica and James Middlestetter.