Who is Neeka Atkinson? Girl, 13, suffers brain damage after boy from school drops her on her head
On July 8, Neeka Atkinson, a 13-year-old girl, was reportedly dumped by a kid at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, who then "walked away laughing." Neeka's family said that the child lifted her up by the neck and dropped her head first onto the ground. Neeka went to the counseling center, sobbing and in anguish. She was taken to the hospital shortly after she started fitting.
Following the incident on the playground, medical professionals discovered that Neeka had a large blood clot, which led her to have a brain hemorrhage. A schoolboy was detained in connection with the incident, according to Humberside Police. They later interrogated him before releasing him on bail.
Alisha Atkinson, Neeka's sister, said, "From what we know, he picked her up by her neck at first and then slammed her head first into the concrete, then walked away laughing."
"She began fitting, and her eyes were rolling, and she was being sick. Neeka was rushed to hospital, they induced her into a coma and did a CT scan immediately. They found that she had a big blood clot on her brain and also a bleed on the brain - within minutes she was rushed to surgery which took four hours."
"They don't have the facilities to keep her in Hull Royal, so she is waiting for a transfer to either Leeds or Sheffield. They said any further hospitals they try to send her to will be too far and she won't make it.", she added. According to Alisha, Neeka is usually taken care of by her grandmother Nan.
Neeka is currently awake in the hospital, but she is having difficulty speaking. Due to the hemorrhage, Neeka can only use the right side of her face. Unable to use her body anymore, she questioned her grandmother about whether she was "dead."
Helen Winn, who started as Executive Principal of the school on Monday, issued a statement that said, "We are all desperately worried about our 13-year-old student following an incident last week. All our thoughts are with her, her family, and her friends at this very difficult time. "
"We are enormously grateful for the outstanding work of our healthcare professionals who we know are doing all they can for her. Because of the police involvement in the case, we are unable to say anything further at this stage," she added.
According to a representative, investigations are "continuing" following the arrest of the teen kid. "We received a call shortly after 4 pm reporting that the girl had suffered a serious injury, reportedly caused by a boy who is known to her, earlier that day whilst at school," said the representative.
"She was taken to a local hospital, where she has been responding to treatment and currently remains in a stable condition. The matter is being investigated by detectives and several inquiries have already been carried out to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident," he added.
"A teenage boy was arrested and interviewed in connection with the incident on Friday before being released on bail whilst our investigation continues," his concluding statement said.
Neeka's family has established a GoFundMe page to cover the cost of Nan's lodging and transportation there. Any surplus funds will be used to pay for Neeka's rehabilitation and any necessary equipment.