MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 8, 2013

Student injured at Indian Bowl is in hospital

Vertebrae broken by blow to head, father says

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Muskogee High School sophomore is recovering in a Tulsa hospital following surgery for an injury he suffered at Indian Bowl.

Tony Fain said his son, Harley Fain, 16, was dropped on the top of his head Wednesday. He said the C6 vertebrae in Harley’s neck was crushed and the C5 and C7 vertebrae were fractured.

“It’s put a lot of pressure on his spinal cord,” Fain said. “It’s really swollen and bruised, and he’s got no sensation from the chest down.”

Harley, who underwent  3 1/2 hours of surgery Wednesday night into Thursday morning, is “up and down” now, his father said.

“He’s having some problems with his lungs,” Fain said. “They’ve got his oxygen up right now.

“Right now it’s just wait and see. It’s a waiting game. We’ll have the next four days to wait for the swelling to go down, and then we’ll go from there.”

Muskogee Public Schools spokeswoman Melony Carey released a short statement Friday regarding Fain’s injury.

“A student was injured after school hours in an accident,” the statement says. “Although we have been in constant contact with his family, due to federal student protection laws, we are unable to say anything else at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

MPS students have taken to social media to show support for Harley, posting messages of encouragement on his Facebook wall and starting a Twitter hashtag, #prayforharley.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.