Parker Kennedy is recovering well after experiencing one of the most horrific freak accidents: falling eye-first on his javelin. You read that right; the teen track and field star pierced his eye with a javelin during a meet and lived to tell the tale!
Someone needs to give Parker Kennedy, 18, a gold medal just for being a badass. The teen track and field star from Oregon had just thrown his javelin during a meet on June 24, and somehow tripped and fell right on top of the spear, deeply piercing his right eye. “Ouch” is an understatement. Parker is expected to make a full recovery!
We cannot even imagine what Parker experienced during that harrowing moment. The recent graduate of Hood River Valley high school was warming up to compete at the USA Track & Field Oregon Championships at Portland’s Jesuit High School, when a simple fumble turned sinister.
Hood River Valley’s head track and field coach, Donnie Herneisen, was not present at the meet (Parker was competing independently), but he relayed the horrifying incident to BuzzFeed News: “[Parker] was warming up and had just thrown a javelin and was walking out to retrieve it,” he said. “It was kind of sticking up at a 45-degree angle and he literally tripped and fell. His spikes caught in the grass and it was the wrong angle and the javelin pierced his eye.”
Oh dear god. Someone removed the javelin from his eye before medics arrived; Parker was taken way by helicopter and rushed to the hospital as soon as help arrived. There’s a bit of a silver lining here! The javelin was positioned in such a way that it went into his eye socket, and not into his eyeball. The downward angle of the javelin means that it didn’t go near his brain. And this means that Parker is likely to keep his eyesight!
As of Saturday, June 25, Parker was in stable condition at the hospital. “His condition hasn’t changed overnight,” Donnie said. “The last thing I heard was that he was able to see out of the eye and see colors.”
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