Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

October 25, 2012

Injury a blessing for Northridge Middle School student

Tumor discovered after sore neck sidelines eighth-grade football player Will Mishler

GOSHEN — Will Mishler lived the life of a normal eighth-grader until a football practice back in August put him on a slightly different path.

During that practice, another player’s helmet went under Will’s face mask and threw his neck back. It was an injury that would prove to be a blessing in disguise.

“I didn’t learn about it until later that evening after Will had already gone to bed,” said Will’s mother, Amy, who was away that night at a fire officer class. “Jim (her husband) said he just had neck pain, but he was mobile and had equal pupils.”

If that doesn’t sound like the language of most moms, it’s because Amy is talking from 20 years experience as a nurse and several years experience as an EMT and firefighter.

Even with Jim’s assurance that the injury was probably not serious, Amy couldn’t rid herself of a nagging feeling.

“It just didn’t sit comfortably with me,” Amy said. “He had a football game the next day and I didn’t want him to wear a heavy helmet on his head if he still had neck pain.”

Off to the doctor

So the day after his injury, on Aug. 28, Amy and Will headed to Bristol Street Pediatrics to see Dr. Mary Alice Reid.

“She was very proactive. She sent us right over to Elkhart General Hospital for an x-ray,” Amy said. “That night she called and told me that they had found a large chest mass in his right upper lobe. And when I asked her how large, she said, ‘Amy, it’s large.’”

After working in the nursing profession for two decades, Amy told Dr. Reid she didn’t want to mess around.

“No, we’re not,” Dr. Reid told Amy. “That’s why I called you right away.”

A CT scan the next day at Elkhart General confirmed the presence of the large mass. And even though the radiologist told Amy it was most likely fluid-filled and Will could probably go back to playing football, Amy was not convinced.

“It actually took up the whole right upper lobe of his lung,” Amy said. “A child does not have a large mass like that in their thoracic cavity.”

A pulmonologist and several oncologists from Memorial Hospital of South Bend looked over the x-rays and CT scan and recommended Will see a pediatric surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

The wait to see that doctor was filled with anxiety and stress for Will and his family.

“I noticed that after being a nurse for so many years and of being in the fire and medic service, that it is so different having to wait for referral appointments,” Amy said. “It was long and tedious type of anxiety.”

After meeting with the surgeon on Sept. 11, surgery to remove the mass was scheduled for Sept. 20.

“They were going to do a scope through his rib cage, but they ended up doing an open thoracotomy,” Amy said. “That’s where the doctor makes a large incision between his ribs and they retract the rib cage backwards to remove the mass.”

Text Only
Local News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands