Oahu youngster recovering from brain injury

Published: Dec. 29, 2011 at 10:39 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2011 at 11:47 PM HST
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Drew Iida
Drew Iida
Bryant Moniz
Bryant Moniz

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sheri Iida said her six-year-old son, Drew, was very active at home and in sports like pop warner football. Then October 1 came and the accident happened.

"They were doing these warm up drills with very low contact. No one saw him hit his head. He walked to the back of the line, stumbled, and fell and had a seizure," she said.

A brain scan showed massive bleeding. Surgery relieved the pressure but not the worry. He was in a coma for twenty days.

"When he woke up they were unsure if he would have any control over the left side of his body," Sheri Iida said.

Drew's favorite football player is Bryant Moniz. Two week's after Drew went down, the UH quarterback dedicated a nationally televised game to Drew. It was pointed out by ESPN's announcers.

"I just admire his strength," Moniz said. "I have a daughter of my own. So I can only imagine what kind of pain they're going through. And to stand there and to fight through all these trials, it's very courageous."

Drew's trials aren't over. He's had three major operations. Next week he'll have another.

"It's heartbreaking to see what he has to go through and how hard he has to work to do the simplest things," Sheri said.

Drew responds to questions with a nod or shake of his head. He can move his limbs. The doctors are encouraged by his progress, but they are also cautious.

They still don't know what caused his collapse.

"Being in bed for the past almost three months now, his body's pretty weak. Anything that could possibly cause another head injury would be really devastating for him," Sheri said.

Drew's in Phoenix Children's Hospital. His rehabilitation will take months. Whether or not he'll make a complete recovery is a question no one can answer.

If you can help the Iida family defray their mounting medical costs, donations are being accepted at "PRAY FOR DREW IIDA," c/o Kalani Falcons, P.O. Box 283167, Honolulu, HI, 96826.

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