Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2001

McClintock may come home Friday

June 13, 2001

Anthony McClintock could be released from the hospital Friday.

McClintock, the 17-year-old student who was injured in an altercation at Baldwin High School May 24, was taken by helicopter ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

His mother, Tamara McClintock, said since then, he has been showing signs of improvement.

"He's amazing the doctors," she said. "They keep saying he's a lot better than how it looks on paper. He's lucky to be alive."

Anthony McClintock, who is currently at Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital in Kansas City, suffered a blow to the head from a broom that penetrated his skull and brain.

The blow destroyed his right-side motor skills on the left side of his brain, Tamara McClintock said.

"He can't use his hand," she said. "He had no use of his arm until Friday. Now he can move his elbow a little."

With the help of a cane, her son can walk some by dragging his foot, which, she said, hyper extends his knee.

"The doctors are trying to teach him how to walk without injuring his hip or his knee," Tamara McClintock said.

Even if Anthony McClintock is able to go home Friday, Tamara McClintock said he will still have to undergo a lot of therapy.

"He's still got a long way ahead of him," she said. "He's going to be in therapy a long time."

It's not clear yet if he will be able to make a full recovery, Tamara McClintock said.

"The doctors have no idea how far he'll come," she said. "Of course, we're all hoping for a full recovery."

Baldwin High School principal Allen Poplin said he has visited Anthony McClintock several times the past few weeks, the most recent visit on Sunday.

"He's doing well. He's regained a lot of movement on his right side," Poplin said. "He's in good spirits. Both he and his family are in good spirits."

Tamara McClintock said her son has been coping well with his injuries.

"He's had a good sense of humor through all of this," Tamara McClintock said. "He's an amazing young man."

She said it has also been easier to bear with the support of the community.

"This has been a difficult thing," she said. "The prayers have been great. We've been surrounded by our church family. Neighbors have supported and helped us."

Students and school faculty, including Poplin, assistant Baldwin Junior High principal Joe Gresnick and teacher Jim Oatman, have also been supportive, she said.

"We just want to thank everybody for their prayers and concerns," Tamara McClintock said.

The incident occurred in the BHS shop class when, as Baldwin City Police have described, "horse play got out of hand."

Another BHS junior, Kenneth Goff, 17, allegedly hit McClintock with the broom. Goff has been charged with aggravated battery and is currently under house arrest.

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