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INJURED TEEN REMAINS IN COMA

By Susan Schell

Pilot Staff Writer

Travis Humphrey, a 16-year-old Brookings resident who was severely injured in an auto accident June 30, remained in critical condition Tuesday, according to his father.

"There has been some eyelid movement, but he hasn't opened his eyes yet and he can't move on command," said Mike Humphrey.

Travis underwent major surgery on his skull for over six hours Saturday night to relieve pressure to his brain. Mike explained that a severe migraine headache registers about 10 degrees of inner-cranial pressure (ICP). Travis' ICP before the surgery was 90 degrees.

Although the surgery was a success, Mike said, "We're not out of the woods yet by any means."

Travis was riding in the passenger seat of a two-door Acura on June 30 on South Bank Chetco River Road when the car veered off the road and impacted a tree.

He was knocked unconscious and lapsed into a coma. The driver, 16-year-old Steve Morris, was killed in the accident.

Travis had to be extracted from the wreckage by the fire department using the Jaws of Life and was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital.

He was then flown to Emanuel Legacy Hospital in Portland.

In the hospital he underwent surgery on two broken legs and suffered a bout of pneumonia.

Mike said the pneumonia has since cleared up and his son' s legs are healing.

"He looks a heck of a lot better than he did a few days ago," Mike said. "Just as long as he doesn't get any worse, he's going to get better."

The Humphreys are staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Portland to be near Travis. The hospital and the family ask that people please refrain from visiting at this time.

Mike said, "Parents should not take their kids for granted. One day you could be yelling at them, then the next day something like this happens."

Lisa Cain, a close friend of the Humphrey family, is organizing several fund raisers to help with Travis' medical expenses.

Cain said the two boys, Travis and Steve, were on their way to her house on the South Bank Chetco River Road to pick up her son Michael when the accident happened.

"They were less than a mile away from our house," she said. "The only way to deal with all these emotions is to do something positive."

Cain is working on holding a benefit golf tournament some time in August and has scheduled a car wash for July 20 and 21 at Les Schwab Tire Center from 10 to 4 p.m.

Another parent, Laura Reed, has set up a fund for Travis at U.S. Bank.

"She just came out of the blue and said, ‘Let me start this for you,'" said Cain. "She's been very helpful."

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