While playing football for his school last year, William collided with an adult volunteer. He immediately began vomiting and had trouble walking despite the lack of external symptoms. William’s mother, Lisa, rushed him to the Pediatric Emergency Center at the Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, where scans revealed he had a severely lacerated spleen. He was cared for in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for several days before he was able to go home. He has since made a full recovery.
Today, William is a thriving 5th grader who is back of the football field with his friends!