A Kansas player lost a portion of his left leg when he was forced to undergo amputation after a gangrenous infection set in following a compound break in a game less than two weeks ago.
As first reported in the Lawrence Journal-World, McLouth (Kansas) High School running back Trevor Roberts had to have part of his left leg cut off due to the dangerous gangrenous infection that came from a titanium rod inserted in the injured leg. According to KTKA.com, the amputation was performed at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City and the player could be discharged from the hospital's recovery unit as early as Thursday.
Roberts' traumatic two weeks started with a dominant first-half performance against Sunrise Christian Academy, in what eventually resulted in a 52-40 loss for the Bulldogs. Roberts racked up 193 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against the Buffaloes, but went down with a nasty injury late in the second quarter.
Closer inspection showed that Roberts had suffered a brutal compound fracture in his lower-left leg, an injury that snapped both tibia and fibula. The surgery to insert the titanium rod into Roberts' leg was performed the night of the injury at a hospital in Wichita, and Roberts returned home less than two days later.
It wasn't until a checkup appointment last week that an orthopedist discovered Roberts was running a dangerous fever and needed emergency surgery to help avoid more dire complications. That surgery ended in the amputation of the lower leg after the gangrene was discovered. The senior has been recovering in Kansas City since the surgery.
Despite his own recent trauma, Roberts may be able to attend the McLouth High School homecoming game this Friday against Horton. The player's legal guardian, Jerrad Humerickhouse, said there's little doubt the senior would love to be at the game, where he's scheduled to be a part of the school's homecoming court.
"I'm sure, being a 17-year-old kid, he would love to do it if he could," Humerickhouse told the Lawrence Journal-World.
Meanwhile, those close to Roberts started a fund at Kansas' First State Bank and Trust to help defray the cost of the player's medical bills and subsequent expenses tied to the injury. Anyone interested in contributing to the fund can find out more by contacting the bank via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling its customer service department at 913-845-2500 or 800-463-7782.