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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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