Getting back to the kid that was hurt, this confused me...
"He will be spending months regaining his muscles. He is a sporty kid and will have to be out of contact sport for a few months."
Uh, he got stitches? What does that have to do with regaining his muscles? I did a face plant into our fireplace and got stitches above my eye and in the middle of the forehead. I was back in action pretty much as soon as we got home from the ER.
Am I missing something? Did he injure something else?
My guess is that he probably also suffered a concussion and has been ordered to stay way from a lot of sports for a while. Therefore, he will lose muscle condition that he will have to work to regain.
A concussion will keep you out of contact sports for a week maybe two. If he has that serious of a brain contusion that he can't do contact sports for months and months, then yeah that's different. However, had he not been up there in the first place, it wouldn't have happened
Not to mention there are lots of exercises he can do (swimming, aerobics, stationary biking) that are not contact sports.
It sounds like it was a nasty accident, and I feel sorry for the boy. But I think that when the mother ("He may have headaches for the rest of his life! We won't know until then, will we?") heard him go "thunk" she also heard "ka-ching!"
There's half a chance that this is mostly attention grabbing and scamming technique from the mother (and even if it isn't it's still her/her kids fault or bad luck, whatever applies) but I hate parents like that who act like it's the end of the world if their kid is not 'whole'.
Kid might have migraines, so does plenty of other people for no apparent reason what so ever, it doesn't mean he can't live a normal life.
I remember a tv program and a mother who was still angry about the car accident her son had been (drunk driver, not the son) from which he came out alive but with only one arm. From hearing the mother, with one arm, her son was nothing. he won't be able to do nothing of his life, it's now ruined, ruined I tell you!!!!!
Yeah, I don't wish this on anyone, but way to be supportive of your son! you're telling him he's now useless, how is that going to make him feel or help him cope with his condition?
I'd be finding resources, people who can show him life can be normal, that you can do great things in any conditions and that having all your limbs does not make you more perfect.