Fife basketball player OK after gruesome arm injury

Staff writerMarch 4, 2014 

He will have his left arm bandaged for a while, but Fife High School’s Austin Woods seems to be on a good road to recovery from a gruesome injury suffered at last weekend’s regional basketball tournament.

Woods, a point guard, was chasing down a loose ball during the first half of the Trojans’ Class 2A game against Anacortes on Saturday afternoon. His momentum carried him into a door along the back wall at Auburn High School.

Upon impact, Woods’ elbow broke through the door’s small window. When the teenager pulled his arm back, the remaining broken glass ripped his arm open.

Woods was immediately transported to Auburn Regional Medical Center, then up to Harborview Medical Center for two surgeries on his arm late Saturday night, said Fife coach Mark Schelbert.

Schelbert said his player did not suffer any broken bones or nerve damage in his arm, but tendons were severed. Woods was expected to be released from the hospital late Monday night or early Tuesday.

“His first comments to me after it happened was for the (medical aid personnel) to give him stitches so he could go back into the game,” Schelbert said. “He has handled it all amazingly well.”

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