KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Liko Carvalho described his first day back at Kahuku High School as 'okay'. Not because he wasn't happy to be there, but because the post-concussion headaches came and went throughout the day.
Those headaches are leftover symptoms of the concussion he suffered ten days ago in a playoff game against Campbell. Carvalho, a senior wide receiver, was coming across the middle when he was hit head-on.
He chipped three teeth, was knocked out cold, and suffered a stinger in his left shoulder.
He came to Sunday in the hospital.
"The last thing I remember, I remember running out for halftime. Then after that it's more of a blur" he said Tuesday.
What he can remember is the warm reception from those around him as he lay in his hospital bed from Saturday night until he was discharged on a Monday.
"Just the love and support from the entire island...all the way from Campbell coaches to people from different schools, from parents from different schools, from students themselves" he noted.
Carvalho actually considers himself lucky. After all, on the same day he was hurt on the field, Farrington football player Dayne Ortiz was lost at sea.
"I could have been him. It could have been a lot worse" he said somberly.
It has been worse for the Carvalho family. On November 14, 2009, Liko's older brother Waika died in a car accident involving a drunk driver.
"He was like a second father figure to me. I kinda looked up to him everything I do. That's why I wore #1 this year".
Now #1 realizes he's been given a second chance.