ST JOHN’S, Antigua – His quick recovery is nothing short of a miracle. So said the father of 14-year-old Patrick Alex Riley Jr, who was discharged from Mount St John’s Medical Centre over the weekend – just a week after suffering head trauma with bleeding on the brain due to an accident on Fort Road.
Patrick Riley Sr said the teen is glad to be home and though he has not yet received clearance to return to school, he is happily talking about how soon it could be.
“The headaches and dizziness are still there. His head is still bandaged. He’s not moving around like normal and he has to take things easy for a while,” the father said.
“I can’t say he is eating normal because he is eating less. However, we are happy for whatever improvement comes because a week ago, doctors couldn’t even assure us of anything.”
The Ottos Comprehensive School student was knocked down by a black minivan driven by an off duty police officer on April 28.
He sustained cuts to the head, ear and left side of his face. The impact of the collision shattered the left portion of the windshield of the vehicle, C 7110.
The third form student bled profusely on the scene before Emergency Medical Services bandaged the injuries and took him to the hospital.
He spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) before being moved to the Children’s Ward late last week.
Riley Jr plays for the Under-17 Rangers Football team and practices with the Under-17 National team.
Police have not made any arrests as the probe remains ongoing.