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Basketball Accident Results in Fatal Brain Injury

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Shalini Shah2 years ago

Noah Lear, who was 16-years-old, was playing basketball with his friends in Bucyrus, Ohio when the backboard fell on him, killing him.

About the Tragic Accident

On February 27th, 2016, Noah was playing basketball like a normal teenager with his friends. He went to slam dunk the basketball and the backboard, rim, and post came down on top of him.

His friends called 911 for help and Noah was still conscious and even called his mother to let her know about the accident. He told her that his mouth was bleeding really badly and had knocked out a few teeth. His mom, Melissa Griffin, said the police were with him and he was being taken to the hospital.

Fox News Health reports Noah was taken to Bucyrus Community Hospital and he went into cardiac arrest twice and was then airlifted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Sadly, Noah’s injury was worse than previously thought.

He had brain activity and was able to breathe on his own, but the parts of his brain controlling his heart and blood pressure had been severely damaged. Then he was moved to a hospice care facility.

Noah survived long against all odds, but did not come out of his coma from his traumatic brain injury. He continued to fight, but he passed away on Wednesday March 16th, 2016.

Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to a significant number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report the following:

  • Approximately 1.7 million people sustain TBI annually. Of them:
    • 52,000 die
    • 275,000 are hospitalized
    • 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency room
  • TBI contributes to 30.5% of all injury related deaths in the United States.
  • About 75% of TBIs occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Direct medical costs and indirect medical costs of TBI, such as lost of productivity totaled to about $60 billion in 2000.
  • Estimated Average Percentage of Annual TBI by external cause are:
    • 35.2% falls
    • 17.3% motor vehicle traffic
    • 10% assault
    • 16.5% struck by/against
    • 21% unknown/other


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