PORTLAND, OR – A high school track and field athlete is recovering after he tripped and accidentally pierced his eye with a javelin, KATU reports.
The accident occurred Friday night during a USA Track and Field event at Jesuit High School. The javelin punctured Parker Kennedy’s right eye socket, and Kennedy had to remove the javelin from his head. The Oregon Chapter President of USA Track and Field Jerry Westfall told KATU that Kennedy was lucky the javelin traveled down and not up in the direction of his brain.
His family released the following statement to KATU:
“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.
–Barry and Carrie Kennedy, Parker’s parents.”
4 Fast Facts
- A teen was competing in a USA Track and Field event.
- He tripped over his cleats.
- he fell face first into a javelin.
- He punctured his right eye.