Hutchinson football player seriously hurt during game is back home

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Hutchinson High School football player is heading home from the hospital more than a week after he was injured during a game.

Gabe Eye's mother tells KAKE News that her son was resting at home Tuesday afternoon. The freshman suffered a ruptured spleen and fractured bone in his back when Hutch faced Derby on October 14.

The teen was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita where he spent days in pediatric intensive care.

Gabe is able to walk a little and hopes to get back to school next week. He may only be attending half-days until further notice. 


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A Hutchinson High School football player remains in intensive care after he was injured during a game earlier this week. 

According to the boy's mother, freshman Gabe Eye was hurt during Monday's game against Derby. She says her son caught the ball after a punt and signaled a fair catch. 

"The Derby player must not have seen him signal, because he tackled him...," Jessica Eye said on the Facebook page Gabe Eyes Updates

She said Gabe took the full force of the hit to his abdomen. 

Gabe was taken to a local hospital and then transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after it was determined he'd suffered a ruptured spleen. Jessica Eye says they were told Gabe also had a fractured bone in his back. 

"Due to the position of the break there is nothing to be done for it it will have to heal on its own," she said Wednesday. "We are expected to be here for at least four more days."

Gabe's mom told KAKE News that despite the family's hope that the teen would be moved out of pediatric intensive care, he remained there Friday morning. 

Click here to get updates on Gabe's condition.

A GoFundMe has raised more than $4,000 to help cover medical and travel expenses. There will also be a fundraiser for Gabe's family on Tuesday, October 29 at the Spangles located at 120 East 4th Avenue in Hutch. It will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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