Archive for Tuesday, October 5, 2010

McLouth senior Roberts loses part of leg after suffering compound fracture

Football injury could keep homecoming candidate away

October 5, 2010, 12:27 p.m.

Updated: October 5, 2010, 3:53 p.m.

Trevor Roberts

Trevor Roberts

How to help

A fund designed to help Trevor Roberts pay medical bills and other bills associated with his injury has been established at First State Bank and Trust, which has locations in Tonganoxie, Lawrence, Basehor and Kansas City, Kan.

Less than two weeks ago, McLouth High football senior Trevor Roberts was giving opponents fits on the gridiron. But this Friday, he may not even be able to attend the Bulldogs’ homecoming game.

It was Sept. 24 at Sunrise Christian Academy, in Bel Aire, when Roberts had 193 total yards and three touchdowns in the first half, that the MHS senior suffered a compound fracture in his lower left leg.

He had broken his tibia and fibula and although he was back home two days later, complications from the injury this past week forced Roberts’ leg to be amputated just above the knee on Thursday.

Jerrad Humerickhouse and his wife, Lisa, serve as Roberts’ guardians. Jerrad said Roberts was taken to Via Christi Health, in nearby Wichita, on Sept. 24 after breaking his leg late in the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ game at Sunrise. Surgery was performed that night, a titanium rod was placed in Roberts’ leg and he was allowed to return to the Humerickhouses’ home the afternoon of Sept. 26.

However, Humerickhouse said, Roberts began running a fever last week. At a Thursday appointment, an orthopaedic doctor determined Roberts required emergency surgery because of gangrene in the wound. Roberts underwent the surgery at University of Kansas Hospital, in Kansas City, Kan., where his leg was amputated.

Humerickhouse said Roberts had a third surgery on Monday evening at KU Hospital and because there was no remaining infection, the wound was closed.

“Everything’s looking really good right now,” Humerickhouse said. “The doctors are really pleased with the progress.”

According to his guardian, it has not yet been determined whether Roberts will be able to attend McLouth’s homecoming game against Horton at 7 p.m. Friday. He said doctors told the family on Monday that Roberts might be released from the hospital as early as Thursday, but if just depends on his progress.

As a member of the MHS homecoming court, Humerickhouse said Roberts hopes to be at Stan Braksick Sports Complex.

“I’m sure, being a 17-year-old kid, he would love to do it if he could,” he said.

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