12-Year-Old Boy Survives Beating And School Bullying, Get Attention Of Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo
A 12-year old boy, who was beaten in the hallway of his school just last week, is now back home. Henry Sembdner went into a coma after the beating but has awake after five days according to a Twitter post by his family.
The school bullying had not received much interest in the media until Sembdner's story got viral. Thanks to the students and the community, the boy's story got passed on online until it got the attention of Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs. Rizzo publicly declared his support for the boy's plight with the #HenryStrong hashtag.
"Heard you are a big Cubs fan Henry. When you are better I have a couple tickets and BP passes waiting for you at Wrigley. #StayStrong," Rizzo's tweet read.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) February 7, 2017
Reports showed Sembdner got slammed to the ground by a fellow student at South Elgin's Kenyon Woods Middle School in Illinois, according to CBS News. The unfortunate incident happened after Sembdner bumped into the student.
Sembdner suffered injuries, which doctors claimed were very serious. Aside from getting multiple fractures in the face, he was also diagnosed with brain bleeding, as per Daily Mail. The boy was brought to the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital after the incident, and according to this mom, showed daily improvements in his condition.
Through a blog post, his mom Karen informed his followers that the boy was awake and his intubation was already removed by doctors. Sembdner got home Tuesday night and Rizzo tweeted his happiness about the news and said he would be seeing Sembdner at Wrigley come summertime.
Glad you are home Buddy. Keep staying #HenryStrong. See you at Wrigley this summer. https://t.co/hJ8etgpgwE — Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) February 8, 2017
A GoFundMe account opened by the father of one of Sembdner's friends was able to raise $21,270, according to the @Cubs0 website. Another account at the funding site was able to raise $24,951 out of the $25,000 target. The money raised by the two accounts would all go to Sembdner's family as they still have to worry about his medical condition due to the extent of his injuries.