Damien quarterback talks about injury and future

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Alan Mohika can't remember a thing about the helmet-to-helmet hit, or about his seizure on the sideline, or about blacking out before an ambulance rushed him to The Queen's Medical Center with a severe head injury. But his mother does.

"I thought we could have lost him that night," Nohea Mohika said.

On Monday, just four days after being treated in intensive care for bleeding in his brain, the breathing tube is gone, the neck brace is off, and the Damien Memorial School athlete can stand for short periods of time.

"I feel a lot better. Hopefully, I'll get stronger and come back to support my team," Mohika said.

But that support will only be on the sideline. This was supposed to be Mohika's senior breakout year. He trained hard for it.

"Lifting weights, running, a lot of mental preparation for the game," he said.

"I believe that because he conditioned the way he did, if it was someone else that took that hit, it might not turn out this way," Nohea said.

Alan also suffered a concussion last year. Damien coaches cleared him to play this season. Friday's injury has cut his final year short.

"I'm done for the season. It might get worse if I play," he said.

Dr. Caesar Ursic treated Mohika. The Medical Director of Queen's Trauma Services said his head injury was very bad.  The memory loss makes it tough to predict how fast he'll recover.

"What happens between now and five years from now is anybody's guess," Ursic said. "It's a case-by-case basis. Doctors will tell you that any time."

"It feels great just to see him up and around, eating. Thank God," Alan's father, Floyd, said.

"I'm grateful for all the prayers and love that's been sent to me through family and friends," Alan said.

Mohika also excels at baseball where hits that cause concussions aren't an every-play possibility. The 17-year-old's future in sports is now a step-at-a-time process and the journey has just begun.

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