Monday, August 25, 2014

The South Napa Earthquake Seriousy Hurt a 13-Year Old; 911 Failed in the Aftermath

One of the most serious injuries from Sunday's early morning South Napa earthquake occurred to a 13-year old boy, when bricks from a fireplace fell on him.

NBC Bay Area has the details:
Nicholas Dillon had wanted a big sleepover party on Saturday with a bunch of friends.
His mom said, 'How about just one?'
Turned out, the smaller party was a good thing. If  the 9th grader at New Technology High School in Napa had a bunch more buddies crashing on his living room floor, there likely would have been a lot more injuries.
Instead, it was only the 13-year-old who suffered pelvic fractures when the family fireplace fell on his lower body when the Napa earthquake hit about 3:20 a.m. His family is thankful that the X-rays showed his spine, however, is OK.
Not surprising, the great excuse for government (Who is going to deal with major emergencies?) was quite useless. NBC continues:
Nicholas had been sleeping on an air mattress when the fireplace fell - he had given his friend the couch.
Fortunately, his family said, he woke up with the first jolt and quickly flipped himself over and started crawling away. Still, the fireplace collapsed on the lower half of his body, and his brother heard his screams for help. His mother stumbled through the bricks to get him, but didn't get any response when she called 911. His aunt said his family drove him to the nearest fire station, where he was able to get to the hospital, where he underwent a 10-hour surgery.
There is a happy ending, though. It sounds like after a recovery period he will be just fine:
Nicholas, an avid soccer player who will be off the field for at least four or five months...

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