HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Damien Memorial High School quarterback who was badly injured in a football game in mid-August returned to school Monday morning.
Seventeen year old Alan Mohika arrived at the parochial school in Kalihi to anxiously awaiting classmates and school officials around 7:30 am.
On August 19, Mohika suffered a big hit while completing a touchdown pass against Moanalua High School in the season opener game. Mohika eventually collapsed during a seizure and was not breathing when he was rushed to the Queen's Medical Center.
He was hospitalized for the concussion and spent most of his stay in the Intensive Care Unit.
Doctors say he suffered from a brain hemorrage or bleeding on the brain. Mohika had been medically cleared to play this season following another concussion last year.
Damien officials say Mohika is allowed to attend half days at school this week, but that he can stay longer if he feels up to it.
After the week, they'll assess how he feels to determine if that schedule will continue or not. Damien officials say they don't want to rush his recovery, and want him to take his return to school, slowly.
In the meantime, Damien Memorial Principal, Brother Peter Zawot, said that the school's Athletic Director will discuss best practices and the tracking of concussion injuries during the upcoming ILH (Interscholastic League of Honolulu) meeting among athletic directors for private schools.
Currently, only public school athletics under the OIA (Oahu Interscholastic Association) track concussion injuries among student athletes, with 85 noted as of August 22, for this year's football season.
Last year, there were 446 concussions reported among all OIA sports.