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Andrew Luck visits high school player in hospital who suffered serious injury (pic)


High school sophomore Steven Bailey plays football for the Edinburgh High School (Ind.) football team. A relatively innocuous and seemingly rudimentary play during a game last Friday nearly had tragic consequences for the young man.

Bailey was tackled just before halftime. Everything seemed relatively fine afterward until the 15-year-old collapsed during halftime.

Ambulances apparently are not required to be on-site by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, so his parents drove Bailey to the hospital.

Harvey Bailey, the young man’s father, described his initial reaction to the play that led to his son collapsing to WTHR-TV.”I’ve seen him get hit like that a hundred times, he said. “I wasn’t concerned.”

Bailey added, “I thought it was just getting the wind knocked out of him.”

But once doctors examined Steven, things looked much worse then they originally appeared.

Doctors discovered that Bailey suffered a lacerated kidney, a ruptured spleen and a punctured lung that led to internal bleeding. The internal bleeding was so bad, in fact, that Bailey apparently had lost a quart of blood. He received an emergency transfusion and was then airlifted to Riley Hopsital for Children in Indianapolis, where he has been providing updates on Twitter regarding his improving condition.

Poor kid. Somehow, some way, his tweets managed to reach Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who surprised the young man with a visit to his hospital room.

Luck also gave Bailey an autographed ball. One can only imagine how such a simple act of goodwill on the part of Luck brightened the sagging spirits of young Steven Bailey.

[USA Today]