Gwendolyn Quarles, an 11-year-old Texas girl, is likely to go blind after suffering a brain disorder soon after a classmate threw a football at her face.
Gwendolyn, whose parents say that they had repeatedly complained to the school about their daughter being bullied, was sent to see the nurse following the incident at The Founder’s Classic Academy in Austin last October.
After she got home that day, her parents took her to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension — a neurological disorder which causes pressure to build up inside the skull and may lead to swelling of the optic disc, which can progress to loss of vision.
1. Gwendolyn Quarles, 11, was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension, a rare brain disorder, soon after another child threw a football at her face at The Founder’s Classic Academy in Austin, Texas.
2. Gwendolyn was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension — a neurological disorder where pressure inside the skull chokes off the optic nerve from the brain.
The condition’s main symptoms are headache, nausea, and vomiting, as well as pulsatile tinnitus (sounds perceived in the ears, with the sound occurring in the same rhythm as the pulse) and double vision and other visual symptoms.
As of yet, doctors have not definitively confirmed that the girl’s disorder resulted from her school injury, but her condition is commonly brought on by severe head injuries.
For the girl’s parents, however, there is no doubt that the bullying incident is to blame for Gwendolyn’s condition. The girl’s father Patrick Quarles told ABC News:
On the day of the injury, Gwendolyn was in gym class and the coaches left the children alone. There seems to have been an argument and then she remembers a ball flying at her.
It is unclear whether the girl will completely recover from her injury and her parents fear that she may go blind, even if she does undergo risky and expensive surgery.
3. Doctors cannot definitively confirm disorder is a result of Gwendolyn’s school injury, but the condition is commonly brought on by severe head injuries.
4. Mr. Quarles said that he doesn’t intend to sue to the school (image source: Facebook).
In the meantime, the family’s medical bills keep piling up, as Gwendolyn’s condition isn’t completely covered by their insurance.
To help pay the bills, the family has set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $5,000 to help cover the costs. At the time of writing, that number has already been surpassed and the total raised so far is $6, 275.
The family said that they have sent at least 23 emails to their daughter’s school prior to the incident, in which they expressed concerns that Gwendolyn was being bullied by a group of other girls.
For its part, the school would neither confirm nor deny that the incident occurred. Mr. Quarles said that he doesn’t intend to sue to the school.
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