The East Bay community of Pleasant Hill is reeling from the tragic result of a Jan. 10th wrestling match at College Park High School that led to 16-year-old sophomore, Ryan Joseph, suffering a C-4 spinal cord injury.
Ryan is currently at the John Muir Medical Center where he underwent a tracheotomy procedure and is breathing with assistance through a ventilator. He will be monitored for a period of several weeks until the family can assess the next steps for his rehab stint. It was reported that the family is looking into taking Ryan to Denver-based Craig Hospital though details were still sketchy.
In June of 2016, San Ramon Valley High School senior football player, Jake Javier, suffered a spinal cord injury and in January of 2017, Pleasanton teenager, Myles Molnar, suffered a spinal cord injury while in a wrestling match. Jake is now in his first year at Cal Poly State University and Myles is a sophomore in high school.
Ryan's friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page and are requesting for donations be made to help cover what is likely to be an avalanche of medical expenses related to his ongoing care.