Teen trips, eye punctured by javelin during track meet

The javelin punctured Parker Kennedy's eye

A LifeFlight helicopter, May 23, 2016 (KOIN, file)
A LifeFlight helicopter, May 23, 2016 (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 17-year-old athlete was taken by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital Friday after tripping and falling on a javelin.

Officials with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue say people at the scene were able to remove the javelin from Parker Kennedy’s eye and stabilize him before paramedics arrived.

The injury happened just before 1:30 at Jesuit High School, although the athlete involved is not a Jesuit student. Erica Tuenge with the school says the student was competing in a USATF event.

On Sunday, his parents, Barry and Carrie Kennedy, said in a statement: “Parker is in fair condition. He is talking, moving, and showing signs of progress. He is able to see out of his injured eye, but his vision is still slightly blurry. His neuro status is good. He’s staying at the hospital so his team of doctors and nurses can monitor his progress.

“Our family would like to thank the many people who have helped Parker, including the Tualatin paramedics who were first on the scene, his health care team at OHSU, his track family, and all the family and friends who have reached out to support us.”

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