KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A boy is dying on the sideline of a high school football game. He is 17 years old, a straight-A student, athletic, the standout running back and homecoming king. His mother is there, pleading for her Nathan to open his eyes. He can’t.
This nightmare is the awful product of a hundred outcomes all turning worst-case. A childhood in suburban Kansas City marked by freak accidents. A golf ball to the head. A slam into the wall. A baseball that slams between the eyes. More recently, a concussion in a high school football game.