Recently, a New Jersey school district agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a suit with a student who was paralyzed after being bullied. This student was punched in the abdomen by another student, Sawyer Rosenstein, which caused him to suffer a rare injury called an infarct. An infarct is where a rupture of an artery occurs above the navel. As a result of the infarct, he became paralyzed below the waist two days later.
Unfortunately, this was not the end of his problems. He had to undergo 19 surgeries over the next five years, including a complete spinal fusion in 2008. That procedure failed and he had to have the hardware bone at every level of his spine removed and re-fused in 2011.
The student who bullied him had a history of bullying prior to the incident and the school was aware of this. The bully had acted out violently towards several students; however, he was never disciplined by the school according to the New Jersey Law Journal.