Local athlete reunites with lifesaving team

9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, August 02 2017 Aug 2, 2017 Wednesday, August 02, 2017 1:35:00 PM CDT August 02, 2017 in News
By: Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A local athlete had a chance to reunite with team that saved his life after he nearly died from a brain aneurysm.

Drew Tyler was a basketball player at Battle High School, and during his junior year got a severe headache. He was rushed to the Emergency Room at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where doctors found the life-threatening ruptured aneurysm.

Now, Tyler is almost at full recovery. He can walk and speak after near paralysis. 

Sara Tyler, Drew’s mother, said they wanted to come back and show the people who saved her son’s life who their son really was.

“We saw loss while we were here,” Sara said. “There’s people who lost their lives while we were here and we were blessed that we got to take our child home and so for them to be able to see what a blessing they were able to give us was huge.”

She said they felt a connection with Drew’s caregivers. 

“The people here I mean you’re just living here and not really knowing what’s going on with your child and these people really became your life line," Sara said. "And the relationships that you develop with these people, they become your family and they were your… they we just connected with so many of them.”

One of the nurses who helped Drew get back on his feet said this was a very emotional case. 

“First off, we were dealing with I guess a minor,” Hector Alonso said. “He received some pretty life changing illness in a short period of time.”

Drew doesn’t remember any of what happened, which Alonso said is a good thing. 

“It was a very, very difficult and stressful time," Alonso said. "The type of injury that he suffered — the brain still hadn’t had an opportunity to recover. It was still swelling. I mean he, it’s a good thing he doesn’t remember what happened here. It’s a very traumatic and painful experience so we’re kind of happy that he doesn’t remember it.” 

Drew's twin brother Drey will start his senior year at Battle High School later in August. It’s not certain if Drew will be back at school in the fall, but his mom says they just finished neuropsych testing and will get those results next week. At that point, they’ll have a meeting with the school district. 

According to University Hospital, approximately 30,000 people in the United States experience ruptured aneurysms each year.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - An on-going rift between two east campus communities has come to a breaking point. Non-resident property owners want... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:29:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man who told authorities he was hearing "voices" when he wounded two... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:07:41 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 670 motorcycles poured into the Phillips 66 gas station off I-70 as the "Run for the... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 6:05:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new fire station is in store for east Jefferson City, and the city council will review... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 5:10:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office announced late Monday that a special prosecutor has been selected in... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 5:00:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Checking the phone constantly, surfing Facebook first thing in the morning or right before bed, playing games like... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:58:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The UM Board of Curators voted Monday to increase tuition by up to 2.1 percent for the 2018-2019... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:44:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Students will leave class early on Tuesday as the 2017-2018 Academic Year comes to a close. The... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:28:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA -Utility workers began surveying land on Clark Lane for a sidewalk project designed to improve community safety. "The... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A House investigatory committee has expanded its membership for a special session to determine whether... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00:47 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ROLLA (AP) — A Missouri University of Science and Technology student has been sentenced to seven years in prison... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 11:40:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri is planning a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 10:44:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — Authorities say a man's body was found in southeast Missouri and the case appears to... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 8:48:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – With a new terminal on the way, comes more possible changes to Columbia Regional Airport. A public... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:55:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council will address an ordinance Monday on whether to approve of a special August election... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 2:41:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
MARSHALL - A standoff between Marshall police and an armed man ended without injury. According to a news release,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:53:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - The city of Rocheport honored two men on Sunday whose legacy has stretched across the state of Missouri.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:09:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 69°
10pm 69°
11pm 67°
12am 65°
1am 64°