Julian Jerome Brown is a tough kid.
That is not an opinion - it’s a statement of fact.
To the casual observer, Julian (or J.J. as he is know by just about everyone) looks like every other shaggy, blonde freshman playing JV soccer. He plays a little guitar, spends too much time on his phone and is always up for a little Xbox.
He has yet to score a goal or pick up an assist this season, and right now those are the only numbers he is concerned with. However, at the end of his seventh grade year, about 15 months ago, the most important number was 10, as in he had about a 10-minute window to have surgery on a skull fracture, brain injury and several other injuries sustained in a golf cart accident at West Boggs Campground - or the consequences would have been dire.
J.J. and several friends were on a street legal-style golf cart, when they lost control coming down a hill, causing the cart flip on its side and J.J to hit his head on the road.
Although he did not appear to in serious trouble at first, his mother Andrea Brown, an emergency room nurse at Daviess County Hospital, who was camping nearby, knew things were not right.
“When I arrived I saw he had bleeding out of his left ear and the left side of his face wasn’t moving so I thought there might be some nerve damage — and it might be worse than just a skull fracture,” she said.
”There was some debate on whether the helicopter should land at Boggs right then or take him to the hospital first. Actually, he never got into the hospital, as it (the helicopter) was waiting for him at the DCH landing pad and he was lifelined to Evansville.”