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McLouth High football player Trevor Roberts loses part of leg after compound fracture during game

October 5, 2010, 11:37 a.m. Updated October 5, 2010, 5:24 p.m.


Less than two weeks ago, McLouth High football senior Trevor Roberts was giving his opponent fits on the gridiron. But this Friday, he may not even be able to attend the Bulldogs' homecoming game.

How to help

A fund designed to help Trevor Roberts pay medical bills and other bills associated with his injury has been established at First State Bank and Trust, which has locations in Lawrence at 609 Vt. and 3901 W. Sixth.

McLouth High football senior Trevor Roberts lost part of his leg after suffering a compound fracture during a game on Sept. 24. Surgeons inserted a titanium rod in his leg to help heal the break, but gangrene developed and Roberts' leg was amputated just above the knee at Kansas University Hospital.

McLouth High football senior Trevor Roberts lost part of his leg after suffering a compound fracture during a game on Sept. 24. Surgeons inserted a titanium rod in his leg to help heal the break, but gangrene developed and Roberts' leg was amputated just above the knee at Kansas University Hospital.

It was Sept. 24 at Sunrise Christian Academy, in Bel Aire, when Roberts had logged 193 total yards and three touchdowns in the first half. But then, late in the second quarter, Roberts suffered a compound fracture in his lower left leg.

He had broken his tibia and fibula and although he was back home two days later, complications from the injury last week forced Roberts' leg to be amputated just above the knee on Thursday.

Jerrad Humerickhouse and his wife, Lisa, serve as Roberts' guardians. After breaking his leg, Jerrad Humerickhouse said, Roberts was taken to Via Christi Health, in nearby Wichita. Surgery was performed that night, a titanium rod was placed in Roberts' leg and he was allowed to return to the Humerickhouses' home the afternoon of Sept. 26.

However, Humerickhouse said, Roberts began running a fever last week. At a Thursday appointment, an orthopedist determined Roberts required emergency surgery because of gangrene in the wound. Roberts' leg was amputated at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

Humerickhouse said Roberts had a third surgery Monday evening at KU Hospital and because there was no remaining infection, the wound was closed.

“Everything's looking really good right now,” Humerickhouse said. “The doctors are really pleased with the progress.”

According to his guardian, it has not yet been determined whether Roberts - who also is a member of the McLouth High homecoming court - will be able to attend Friday night's game against Horton. He said doctors told the family on Monday that Roberts might be released from the hospital as early as Thursday.

“I'm sure, being a 17-year-old kid, he would love to do it if he could,” Humerickhouse said.


like_n_Lawrence 3 years, 6 months ago

I know Trevor's guardians a little bit. They are good people, and it's nice to see things starting to work out. Life throws some curve balls sometimes. Trevor is a strong man, and will get through this.


Dixie Jones 3 years, 6 months ago

Trevor is now not only our hero , but also our homecoming king. he attended the game with all smiles and got to see his team mates pull off a win ! best wishes Trevor !


schusker 3 years, 6 months ago

You people who scream blame the doctor are either just dumb or related to scum bag ambulance chasing lawyers. The poor kid had a compound OPEN fracture--the second his bones pierced the skin he was exposed to all the microorganisms on that football field--how is the doctor to blame for gangrene? do you people sue your plumber, car mechanic, etc everytime something goes wrong? Well you all are going to get what you deserve foreign docs you can't understand or pa's masquerading as docs--the word is out our brightest are not going into medicine anymore due to frivolous lawsuits for one thing and cut in payments despite escalating business expenses just like everyone else--just wait and see the real crisis in healthcare --as the American guys who get blamed for everything that goes wrong with the human body are no longer there working 60 hours a week --- no longer running to the hospital at all hours of the night for too many unappreciative idiots like some on this blog have demonstrated. Good luck to this unlucky fine young man and scr**w you finger pointers


countrysunshine 3 years, 6 months ago

I will let you all know about Trevor my daughters goes to school with him. The fact of the matter is is is the hospital fault that Trevor got gangrene in his leg, due to using a un-sterile rod. Everyone at McLouth School is hoping that Trevor will be at the homecoming game this Friday. He is telling all of his friends that a shark bit off his leg, according to one of daughters friends.


jackbinkelman 3 years, 6 months ago

People sue in cases like this so the resulting lifelong medical care will be paid for...


Hudson Luce 3 years, 6 months ago

The trouble here is that they kicked Trevor out of the hospital after two days, probably to save the insurance company the extra profit that otherwise would have come out of the "bottom line". If doctors were allowed to practice real medicine, instead of the profit-driven joke we have now, Trevor might have a fighting chance at keeping his leg, as he would have had twenty and thirty years ago. There were enough medics and docs coming back from Vietnam having treated orthopedic trauma to recognize what to do and keep Trevor in the hospital long enough so that he'd play football again, with both feet. They'd also know a lot more about aseptic procedure and keeping surgical fields clean.

The standards in hospitals today are closer to the 1890s than the 1970s and 1980s, and it's because supplies are so expensive and reimbursement rates have gone down so sharply, again to serve the "bottom line" of insurance companies. I know of at least two people whose lives were significantly endangered by lack of aseptic procedure or getting kicked out of the hospital before it was appropriate to do so.

The only real way to solve the problem of American medicine is to get rid of the third-party payers which just leech off of patients and doctors; the insurance companies' primary duty is towards their shareholders/owners and not to their policyholders, despite what lies they tell in their multimillion dollar advertising campaigns


Kent Fisher 3 years, 6 months ago

The headline makes it sound as though he misplaced ("loses") his leg. Perhaps it should have read " player's leg requires amputation after..."

Prayers for quick recovery.


lily 3 years, 6 months ago

All the best Trevor. You sound like an outstanding young man with a lot of great friends and support.


LJ Whirled 3 years, 6 months ago

The kid should have been in the hospital still. They cut on you and send you home before they know how it came out. He needed to be monitored until they knew there was no post-operative infection. ... There's your trouble.


greenworld 3 years, 6 months ago

I had a dream that you coached my son who is currently in 2nd grade at Mclouth to a state football championship. I hope someday that this becomes reality.


Kathryn Toyne 3 years, 6 months ago

I am AMAZED that they did the titanium rod surgery that fast. I had a similar injury a few years ago - compound fracture right leg, both tibia and fibula broken and was told that they are required to wait at least 10 days to do the surgery and required to take antibiotics because of the risk of infection. This is a sad, sad story for this boy. Many prayers and best wishes for recovery.


Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

i remember in Nam..guys geting gangrene..didnt take much over there to have it set in

glad he is alive


MacHeath 3 years, 6 months ago

Its pretty easy to get a wound like that infected. I imagine he had a pretty big surgery to try to correct it too. It was probably not anyone's fault, but why blame the doctors? You ever think about who sterilizes the instruments, or how they were handled before the doctor got them? Hell no, you don't know beans about hospitals, surgery or how everything works in a surgery.

Trevor, sorry you lost your leg. For some odd reason I had a dream last night that I lost my foot...weird huh? I don't remember how, it was just gone... They make some really good prosthetics these days. You will be running around like a maniac again in no time.


xfactor 3 years, 6 months ago

This young man lost part of his leg and the article centers around the possibility of him not being able to attend Homecoming? What a sad, life changing event. I wish him the best.


kittycrouse 3 years, 6 months ago



hitman33 3 years, 6 months ago

Trevor, you are an inspiration to our family, and all that now you. Continue to keep your head up high! Hope to see you at the game Friday.


edjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Surprised there aren't more lawsuits against schools, coaches, administrators etc.


lifeisnopicnik 3 years, 6 months ago

The road ahead is going to be long, and sometimes rough, but I have faith that he can handle it. Thank God for Trevor's support system - his friends, family, and a community that is behind him the entire way. It is sad that something so horrible had to happen to such a talented young man, it is awful. It is my understanding that Trevor is taking this in stride and is ready to take this on full throttle. What an inspiration! Instead of playing the blame game, maybe we should take a cue from him and deal with what we are handed? Maybe things were not ideal, or perfect in this situation...but what part of life is? When prayers go up, blessings come down. I will continue praying for you Trevor - you can lean on us whenever you need to.


neolib 3 years, 6 months ago

Playing high school football can and does result in debilitating or fatal injury at least dozens of times a year. The decision to play footall assumes this risk. Is this an appropriate decision for minors to make? Are such programs irresponsible? Would it be worth the death of an American tradition to ban such activity? Is the tradition worth the health and lives of our minors? I'm neither for or against it, I'm just asserting that an argument for the validity of the question is perspicuous.


missmagoo 3 years, 6 months ago


Prayers to the family.


fiercesomeus 3 years, 6 months ago

It is my understanding that this school that McClouth was playing at had no bleachers, no lights, and no emergency personel at the field and that it took over thirty minutes before an ambulance showed up.


Deja Coffin 3 years, 6 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to Trevor and the rest of his family. Nick and I are here for you if you guys need anything at all!! Just know that you have a whole community praying for him!!


Scattered 3 years, 6 months ago

One major way terrible things like this happen in America is INCOMPETENT workers. I am NOT saying this is what happened in this tragedy, but there have been many occasions when one of my family could have been lost because of medical errors.

The medical profession and all hospital workers should be held to the highest accountability, and it is just not happening. In 2000, the AMA stated that medical errors may be the actual leading cause of death in America. Simply unacceptable.


guesswho 3 years, 6 months ago

The problem is that we expect perfect health outcomes.


buddy2me 3 years, 6 months ago

This is just such a sad story. This really is wrong a lot of levels.


KEITHMILES05 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure there will be blood sucking lawyers knocking at the door to institute legal action.


morganlefay 3 years, 6 months ago

This is a very tragic story. My heart goes out to him and his family. Unfortunately, this shows the state of today's healthcare and it's downright frightening. This shouldn't have happened. Is there any way a malpractice suit could come from this?!


lori 3 years, 6 months ago

This is not necessarily the physician or hospital's fault. Compound fractures are a very serious injury and have a high rate of complications, including bone infections that can result in amputation or death. Modern medicine can't fix everything.


Clickker 3 years, 6 months ago

This has really just devistated the student body at McClouth HS. What a tragedy.


ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 6 months ago

Jeezus, how does this happen? I would be furious with the doctors if this happened to my kid.


Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 6 months ago

Just another victim left in football's gory wake...poor kid.


Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

I trust doctors less and less as time goes on. I worry about my two football player sons. It only takes one wrong and/or bad hit to inflict some serious injury. I feel terrible for Trevor. God be with him. A friend of my wife's sister had to get part of a foot amputated due to the poor treatment of a doctor....she had another doctor remove it, verify many mistakes and misdiagnoses were made and she is suing the bejesus out of the first doctor. There is not excuse for this crap.


garyr 3 years, 6 months ago

“The doctors are really pleased with the progress.”

So, the doctors are pleased with him getting gangrene and having to get his leg amputated for a surgery where the titanium rod is the norm? They're considering a leg amputation just above the knee just part of the progress of having a compound fracture in your leg? Who are these quacks?


thebigspoon 3 years, 6 months ago

What a sad story. How does something like this happen in the United States in the 21st century ?????


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