An Australian teenager who hit his head in a fall after being punched was unaware that he needed medical help. He went home and posted messages on Facebook about being in pain and died a few hours later.
Cameron Lowe, 17, was walking home from McDonald's after having some drinks with his older brother and friends Saturday night. When they ended up in a confrontation with another group of young people Cameron was punched in the head and fell, hitting his head on the road.
The Herald Sun reported that, an hour later, Cameron updated his Facebook status, asking friends for a hug and leaving a message saying: ‘‘I’m sore :’( ‘‘
A few minutes later he added: ‘‘Dunno what happened but my jaw hurts ... all I wanna do is cry.’’
He later added: ‘‘Wtf I must be drunk. All I know is my head hurts.’’
His final message, left at 2.12am, simply stated: "Sore :’("
Sunday morning the teen could not be woken and paramedics were called. They performed CPR and took him to hospital.
It was reported that Cameron went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.
"Soon after the use of oxygen and cardiac compressions, the pulse returned,’’ The Age quoted paramedic Kerryn Wratt as saying.
"Then intensive-care paramedics gave him some drugs that stopped his breathing so that we could take over breathing for him, in an induced coma.’’
He died later that day, after being taken off of life support.
Cameron's aunt, Julie Lowe Lim, felt that if the teenagers had been more informed about head injuries, they may have been able to take steps to help him.
"Apart from the obvious signs that he had a massive headache and he felt sick, unless they'd done some sort of St John Ambulance course or something like that, they would have just thought it was the alcohol," the Herald Sun quoted her as saying.
"It's just so sad they didn't have the knowledge that could have saved him."
The teen was remembered as someone who loved video games and silly jokes, and hoped to become a baker some day.
His friends set up a tribute page on Facebook.
A 17-year-old handed himself in to police and was questioned for several hours before being released without charge.