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Nick Hogan's friend is in a bad way



Tbdgraziano101007 The St. Pete Times' Tamara El-Khoury says the prognosis for John Graziano (the Marine injured in Nick Hogan's car crash, with mom Debbie above) is not good:

A Sept. 19 report filed by registered nurse Joanne Jones, who was hired by the court to examine John Graziano to determine if he is incapacitated, said he was on total life support. The report said that Graziano was comatose and that he may have had a seizure.

Jones' report said Graziano responds to a pinch and has a gag reflex but does not otherwise respond to touch or sound. His pupils are fixed, meaning they don't respond to light.

Coleen Booker, a registered nurse with 14 years of emergency room experience at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said in an interview that it is not encouraging that he is on life support and his pupils are fixed.

"But the signs that he has a gag reflex and does respond to pain means he's not brain dead," said Booker, who is not involved with Graziano's treatment.

In her report, Jones detailed the injuries Graziano sustained during the wreck. He broke his skull at the base, had part of his skull cut out, experienced brain swelling and had cuts to the scalp. Bone was pushed in and broken in many pieces. He had abnormal collections of blood under the front side of the skull.

In an addendum, Jones included information given to her by Graziano's doctor, H. Bushnell Clarke. He told her that at best, Graziano will "open his eyes on and off."

Right now TMZ is biting this story off the Times without giving credit (unless they somehow managed to snake Tamara's exclusive look at the RN's report, too -- at least they credited the photo), so remember you read it here first!

UPDATE: Well, well, TMZ has appended their story to say "first reported by the St. Petersburg Times." What else can we complain about?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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