As many of you may have already heard, my 12 year old nephew, Caedon Wyatt was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and hemorrhagic subarachnoid cyst, following his football game on Saturday, September 23rd. On September 27th an emergency brain surgery was performed to remove the clot and a subdural drain was placed to relieve the pressure on his brain causing multiple complications. As I write this update, we are recovering hour-by-hour with him in Buffalo Women’s and Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. At this point, we continue to be told that he will be here for “a while”. Caedon has played football with the Ellicottville Little Eagles for 5 years and loves the sport beyond measure. His future in football is grim, but for Caedon’s sake we are only focusing on recovering right now.
It’s important to the family for everyone to know that this was just one of those things. The injury was caused by a regular play: a standard tackle- no unnecessary roughness, no helmet-to-helmet hit. Every precautionary measure was followed as written and the CCMFL has rallied behind their boy.
As many have reached out to ask how to donate to medical costs and recovery care we have set up this central location to do so. At this time, the total medical expense is unknown, but growing. In the mean time I am hoping to help provide his mom and dad some support with travel, food, lost wages and all of the other expenses that arise when faced with a situation such as this.
The full story:
On Saturday, September 23rd, Caedon went to his Cattaraugus County Midget Football League game as he did every other game of the season. This game was just like the rest, and so very different at the same time. With approximately 4:00 minutes remaining in the game, Caedon was placed in concussion protocol after nausea overcame him. As that symptom continued to worsen over the next few minutes, he was taken to Springville ER by ambulance to be assessed.
Caedon was conscious, speaking, and stable and passed concussion protocol. He was observed by several coaches, an EMT and ER staff, however the CAT scan results told another story. My nephew was suffering from a subdural hematoma and needed immediate care. Mercy Flight arrived within the hour and brought him to a team of neurosurgeons at Buffalo Women’s and Children’s hospital for the appropriate observation and treatment plan. I could probably write a book on this rollercoaster of a ride, however I will get straight to the point. After days of observation and ever-changing symptoms, Caedon reached a point where the symptoms were no longer just to be observed. After 4 days, on September 27th, something had to be done to relieve the pain and worsening symptoms. Caedon was rushed into emergency brain surgery to remove the clot and place a subdural drain to continue the release of pressure from fluids.
Our boy was back and he had so much to say... The improvement was miraculous. At this point we are a little over 24 hours since the procedure and the ups and downs continue to pass us by, but one thing remains the same: The love, support and prayers from family, friends and strangers alike. I cannot express the gratitude that the family feels for this extended community and we continue to share the kind words with Caedon as his body allows. He is receiving care that is second to none and the neuro team here has been incredible.
On behalf of his mother and father, Angela and Preston Cochran, thank you all so much for the support you have shown. #PrayforCaedon #LittleEagle56
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