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Injured Wharton High teen's family suing school district

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Sean McNamee's doctors will tell you the fact that he is alive is a miracle.

But aside from divine intervention, his family is now looking for accountability, explains family attorney Steven Yerrid.

"Every morning we send our children to school expecting that they are gonna be taken care of. This boy was 16 years old. He is going to be catastrophically injured for the rest of his life," Yerrid said.

And Sean's family blames the Hillsborough County School District. They plan to sue for negligence.

They say Sean did not receive the proper medical attention by school staff and was allowed to drive himself home after the head injury.

"It's clearly something we wouldn't expect to occur. An athlete is left alone and he's got a severe head injury," Yerrid said.

It happened during football practice last October. Sean wasn't wearing a helmet during a drill when he struck his head on field equipment.

After driving himself home, his sister noticed he wasn't well and called for help.

The Wharton football star was placed in a medically-induced coma for days and doctors did not expect him to survive.

But on the 9th day in the hospital, he woke up.

We talked to Sean in December about his recovery.

"I was walking down the hallway, people crying, family, I wasn't supposed to be walking after just four days," Sean said.

But doctors still don't know what kind of long-term damage he faces.

"He is going to make the best of the life he has, but we can't simply let this mistake be a mistake. We have let this mistake be a lesson," Yerrid said.

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