Knee injury keeps Gbeddeh in hospital

Originally Posted Online: Sept. 02, 2014, 4:55 pm
Last Updated: Sept. 02, 2014, 10:40 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz,

Rock Island senior running Prince Gbeddeh's dislocated knee on Friday night originally was viewed as a minor injury. The complications from it over the last few days are turning it into a life-threatening health scare.

Gbeddeh suffered the injury during the Rocks' 19-12 win at Peoria Manual. However, he still remains in the hospital. According to Rocky football coach Bryan Stortz, Gbeddeh is resting in the intensive-care unit at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria because the dislocated knee apparently ruptured an artery in his knee.

The situation has become serious because the rupture triggered a series of setbacks.

"He's going to be there at least the next few days," Stortz said during a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. " ... He may not be the same. There could be (long-term) complications."

The injury ended Gbeddeh's season minutes into it, Stortz said. The scope of what happened is cause for concern.

Because of the ruptured artery, Gbeddeh was rushed into emergency surgery as Stortz arrived at the hospital after the victory. All the medical jargon regarding the complications and what exactly led to them are unknown, but Stortz said the ruptured artery has affected his kidneys and lungs.

The vascular surgeon told Stortz that 99 percent of knee dislocations result in it being popped back into place and stabilizing it.

"This is that one-percent case," Stortz said. "That's why this is so serious. They were trying to save his leg."

The internal issues, Stortz said, are being monitored as Gbeddeh lays in the intensive-care unit, fighting to battle through the complications started from an injury on the football field. His long-term prognosis is unknown. Stortz said Gbeddeh will need to undergo reconstructive knee surgery.

Until that happens, the goal is him leaving hospital under his own power.

"Lots of people have seen him," Stortz said. "He hasn't talked about himself. His spirits are good."


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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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