Archive for Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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.


thebigspoon 7 years ago

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

George_Braziller 7 years ago

It's called bacteria and infection. Just because he was in a hospital doesn't mean it can't, and doesn't, happen every day.

garyr 7 years 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?

suzyt 7 years ago

garyr - I hope when you say "quacks" you are not refering to the people who have given unselfishly to take this young man into their home and care for him and consider him one of their own children. I'd suggest you google "gas gangrene" where you will find that it comes from dirt (bet you don't find any of that on a football field) and almost always results in death within 48 hours of onset - the doctors that amputated his leg are not the ones that put the titanium rod in it - they are the ones that SAVED HIS LIFE! And for that, yes - they (his "parents" and the doctors) are really pleased with the progress.

Eddie Muñoz 7 years ago

No, and I think you know that isn't to what they were referring.

meggers 7 years ago

But I thought tort reform was the republican solution to rising health care costs.

Politics aside, though, I agree with your sentiments. What a terrible tragedy and one that could likely have been prevented had the original injury been properly treated.

slowplay 7 years ago

My goodness, you take a serious injury to a young man and turn it into a rant about doctors and an obtuse story of your wife's sister's friend. You are incredible. A major compound fracture can damage a lot of blood vessels thereby depriving needed oxygen and nutrients to cells which results in necrosis and infection. This "damage " is not readily apparent when the fracture is set. Congratulations to the orthopedist who most likely saved this young man's life.

parrothead8 7 years ago

You're here enough that you should be used to Tom ranting about things of which he has little to no knowledge.

BruceWayne 7 years ago

a coach and a doctor? impressive.

slowplay 7 years ago

Are you disagreeing or complimenting me on my multiple professions?

kittycrouse 7 years ago


Ricky_Vaughn 7 years ago

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

Clickker 7 years ago

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

Deja Coffin 7 years ago

That it's not McClouth like previously stated.... Sorry, thought my point was pretty clear there.

lori 7 years 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.

morganlefay 7 years 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?!

KEITHMILES05 7 years ago

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

buddy2me 7 years ago

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

guesswho 7 years ago

The problem is that we expect perfect health outcomes.

mom_of_three 7 years ago

compound fracture means that the broken bone came through the skin. the article says he broke both bones in his leg

guesswho 7 years ago

No surgery is without risk. Some people develop blood clots which can lead to death. That wasn't the case here, but we have come to expect perfect outcomes and are surprised when they aren't. Believe me, I have great empathy for this young man and his family and maybe there was some medical error at fault - we do expect perfection from our medical staff unlike (most) other professions.

George_Braziller 7 years ago

I was stung by a yellow jacket on my hand while working in the yard. I ended up with a massive staph infection that raced up my arm and it took 20 days of anti-biotics to wipe it out.

I didn't have any broken bones but still almost died from the infection from an insect sting. The human body is not as invincible as people like to believe it is.

Susan Lee 7 years 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.

kittycrouse 7 years ago


Deja Coffin 7 years 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!!

fiercesomeus 7 years 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.

sandrat7 7 years ago

What is your problem with McLouth?McLouth is a city of (mostly)fine people. My daughter went to school with Trevor and we are all praying for him.

lori 7 years ago

In both cases where there is a "*McLouth" response, it is because the poster directly above the response spelled the name of the town wrong. That's all. Lifeisnopicnic and Dejacrew were simply correcting the spelling of McLouth in each instance.

jkbkansas 7 years ago

The school where the game was played DID have bleachers, DID have lights and DID have a doctor on the field within SECONDS of the injury to stablize Trevor, till the amubulance came MINUTES later!! Get your facts straight before you accuse people of something YOU know nothing about!! Man, what PLANET did you get your information from!!

jkbkansas 7 years ago

The school where the game was played DID have bleachers, DID have lights and DID have a doctor on the field within seconds of the injury to stablize Trevor, till the amubulance came minutes later!! Get your facts straight before you accuse people of something YOU know nothing about!! Man, what PLANET did you get your information from!!

missmagoo 7 years ago


Prayers to the family.

Louis White 7 years 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.

Jock Navels 7 years ago

statistically, a high school aged young man is less likely to suffer injury at organized footbll practice or a game than he is pursuing other activities (work, driving, hanging out with friends, etc)

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years ago

Yeah, cuz football is so safe and there's so little data to suggest that there are adverse long-term health effects of playing football.

Hilary Morton 7 years ago

Actually, statistics have shown in the past few years that Cheerleading results in the most serious injuries. Soccer as well.

Nikki Kessler Pickens 7 years 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.

TysMom 7 years ago

Lifeisnopicnik - God Bless you for your statement! Life will go on for Trevor, and with the support and family that he has, he will be the survivor.

To the other negative blogs....Instead of condemning the doctors, be THANKFUL Trevor is alive today thanks to them. I would give anything to have my son back, but he is in Heaven now. People need to be more considerate in these blogs. Stop and think about what you are about to say, think of the repercussions this will have on the individual and the family. Trevor, I know your family and I know you will come out of this a better person. You are in my prayers.

sandrat7 7 years ago

Nice Comment. Your previous comment made me think you had something against the community of McLouth. You bet we are all behind him all the way!

Larry Bauerle Jr. 7 years ago

Why should there be? Are we going to let kids drive? Ride a bike? Walk near a busy street? I feel bad for the kid. Why is there such a need to blame someone for every bad thing that occurs? It sounds like he isn't. Why is everyone else?

kittycrouse 7 years ago


hitman33 7 years 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.

kittycrouse 7 years ago


kittycrouse 7 years ago


xfactor 7 years 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.

Kontum1972 7 years ago

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

glad he is alive

Kathryn Toyne 7 years 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.

greenworld 7 years 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.

lily 7 years ago

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

Kent Fisher 7 years 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.

Hudson Luce 7 years 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

gccs14r 7 years ago

Yep. My major disappointment with the Obama administration's healthcare "reform" was that they didn't go whole-hog and declare a single-payer system the law of the land. Screw the insurance companies. The insurance companies profit from both ends of the system, at the expense of the patients and the providers.

countrysunshine 7 years 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.

schusker 7 years 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

Dixie Jones 7 years 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 !

like_n_Lawrence 7 years 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.

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