When the Hamilton Bulldogs’ Blake Geoffrion suffered a depressed skull fracture during a game against the Syracuse Crunch last Friday night at the Bell Centre, his parents, Danny and Kelly, were in the stands watching.
After the player was transported by ambulance to Montreal General Hospital, the Geoffrions learned their son had had a seizure and were asked for their consent for emergency surgery. Following the surgery, Dr. David Mulder told Blake’s parents they would run a cat scan on their son in 30 minutes to see how everything looked and if he had swelling in his brain he could have brain damage.
“We were sitting there like, (you’ve) got to be kidding me. Like how does this happen,” Danny told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell. “Thank God we were able to find out 30 minutes later that everything went great. And from that point on, as you can see, it’s been nothing but positive, positive, positive.
“I don’t even remember those five hours,” Danny added. “It was like a lot of pacing.”
The doctors had to remove a piece of Blake’s skull the size of a silver dollar and replace it with titanium mesh. Medical staff now expect him to make a full recovery.
“The big thing is for Blake to get good and healthy,” his father told Branswell.
“What the future lies I have no idea, nobody knows at this point. But I can tell you that Blake’s had concussions in the past. Now he’s had this.”
One of the surgeons said it would be a good idea for Blake to take the remainder of the season off so he fully recuperates.
You can read Branswell’s entire article by clicking here.
(Photo by Peter McCabe/The Gazette)