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DHS player injured in practice, Careflighted to Barton Hospital

by Chuck Smock

Tim McDonnell, a sophomore guard for the Douglas basketball team, was taken by CareFlight to Barton Memorial Hospital Monday night after being accidentally elbowed in the throat during practice.

McDonnell, 16, was held overnight for observation at the South Lake Tahoe hospital. He was discharged Tuesday morning, according to a Barton nursing supervisor.

Douglas coach Keith Lewis spent two hours at the hospital with McDonnell Monday night. Lewis said doctors didn’t see any sign of a fracture in the X-rays of McDonnell’s throat. Paramedics called to the DHS gym were originally concerned that a fracture of the trachea had the potential to block McDonnell’s airway, according to Lewis.

“He was having trouble breathing and he was wheezing and that worried me,” said Lewis, who added that McDonnell was flown by helicopter to the hospital as a precaution. “Tim seemed a lot better when I left. He was talking and we were having a normal conversation. He’s OK.”

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