This is incredibly sad news.
John Graziano, the passenger critically injured in the car crash involving Hulk Hogan's son Nick, is not going to be making a recovery.
According to court documents, the young Marine will need lifelong care at a nursing home and at best will only be able to open and close his eyes periodically.
Many reports claim that Nick was speeding before the crash, which would hold him criminally responsible. Police are still investigating the incident.
Graziano is still in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center, more than a month after the crash.
A Sept. 19 report filed by registered nurse Joanne Jones, who was hired by the court to examine John Graziano to determine if he is incapacitated, said he was on total life support. The report said that Graziano was comatose and that he may have had a seizure.
Jones' report said Graziano responds to a pinch and has a gag reflex but does not otherwise respond to touch or sound. His pupils are fixed, meaning they don't respond to light.
Coleen Booker, a registered nurse with 14 years of emergency room experience at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said in an interview that it is not encouraging that he is on life support and his pupils are fixed.
"But the signs that he has a gag reflex and does respond to pain means he's not brain dead," said Booker, who is not involved with Graziano's treatment.
In her report, Jones detailed the injuries Graziano sustained during the wreck. He broke his skull at the base, had part of his skull cut out, experienced brain swelling and had cuts to the scalp. Bone was pushed in and broken in many pieces. He had abnormal collections of blood under the front side of the skull.
In an addendum, Jones included information given to her by Graziano's doctor, H. Bushnell Clarke. He told her that at best, Graziano will "open his eyes on and off."
"At this present time, he states his prognosis remains guarded," Jones wrote in her Sept. 26 addendum. "He states that this young man most likely will spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home."
She said Graziano should be re evaluated in six months to see if his condition improves.
According to court documents, Graziano was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Please, kids (and adults) don't drink and drive. Don't race your cars.
And wear your damn seat belts!!!!
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