A teen javelin thrower suffered a horrible impalement in Oregon on Friday when he tripped and pierced his eye socket during a USA Track and Field event.
Parker Kennedy, an 18-year-old decathlete, was admitted to the hospital after the accident that injured his right eye, The Washington Post reported
"Parker is in fair condition," his family said in a written statement, according to KATU-TV
. "He is talking, moving, and showing signs of progress. He is able to see out of his injured eye, but his vision is still slightly blurry. His neuro status is good. He's staying at the hospital so his team of doctors and nurses can monitor his progress."
Luckily, the javelin entered his eye socket at a downward angle toward his mouth instead of toward his brain, the station reported.
The recent graduate of Hood River Valley High School was warming up when the accident occurred, The Oregonian reported
He reportedly tripped while approaching the javelin he had just thrown, and impaled himself on the back end of the object. Someone on the scene removed the javelin from his head before medics arrived. He was conscious throughout the incident.
Kennedy was taken by Life Flight helicopter to a hospital, KGW reported
Kennedy is set to attend the University of Washington as a pole vaulter after helping lead his Hood River team to its first state championship.
Twitter users were shocked by the injury.
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