12-Year-Old Put In Coma After School Bullying. Wakes Up And Speaks 2 Words To Mom
Cailyn Finkel 8/17/2017
No parent wants their child being picked on at school, let alone face getting seriously hurt. The uncertainty would be hard enough to deal with, let alone the thought of the child being pushed around by their peers!
Unfortunately for Henry Sembdner's parents, that's exactly what they were forced to endure after a bully put their son in the hospital.
By all accounts, Henry is a normal 12-year-old middle schooler who loves the Chicago Cubs, his family and hanging out with his friends. That's why the phone call saying Henry was severely injured after a run-in with a school bully came as such as surprise!
The Sembdner family attorney, Lance Northcutt, explained that Henry is a well-liked student who never really has issues with bullies.
"There was no history of bullying, there was no prior interaction between these two kids, but what we still don't know is why this other child reacted the way he did."
Shortly after the altercation, an ambulance was called and Henry was rushed to the hospital where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma. There was no telling exactly when he would wake up!
Alex Best, one of Henry's closest friends, told ABC 7 News Chicago that his condition was absolutely heartbreaking.
"Seeing him the hospital, all of those pictures. It's just so sad. It's horrible."
Another classmate Alyssa Anderson explained that she was one of many peers who were shocked by the sudden outburst by the bully and the dramatic injury Henry sustained.
"I cannot believe that this happened to my friend."
They time at the hospital seemed to crawl by, but slowly but surely, Henry's injuries healed. The next step was to attempt to wake Henry from the coma and start the rehabilitation process.
After what seemed like ages in the hospital, Henry's doctors informed his family that the breathing tube was to be removed and sedatives were going to be stopped. As soon as the grogginess of the medication wore off, Henry blinked open his eyes, turned to his mother and said one thing she'll remember forever.
Henry's mother, Karen DeWilde Sembdner, shared what her precious boy said on her CaringBridge journal page.
"They just removed the intubation! And guess what he said- 'I'm Hungry!'"
This is such a typical thing for a 12-year-old to say, but it meant so much to the entire Sembdner family.
Karen told ABC 7 News Chicago that her son was touched by the number of people who reached out either with a hospital visit, letter, phone call or donation to his GoFundMe page.
"I'm sure it shows him there are people that care. I think it's amazing to see how many people can come together for just one person."
After a grueling stay at the hospital, Henry is healing at home and even received the support from the World Series-winning Cubs first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. Anthony invited Henry and his family to watch a game free of charge and step on the field during batting practice!
Learn more about Henry's story in the video below. We wish him a speedy recovery!