Beloit boy released from hospital

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Gazette Staff
April 8, 2008
— The 8-year-old Beloit boy who was struck accidentally in the face with a golf club Saturday morning was released from a Rockford hospital Sunday night, his aunt said.

“He’s got quite a road in front of him but he’s going to be OK,” said Lori Gehri.

Austin Gehri, the son of Alicia Dent and Michael Gehri, suffered a cracked skull, and it’s unknown yet if doctors will be able to save his adult teeth, she said.

The impact of the hit left his top front teeth straight back in his mouth with the roots showing, she said. Initial opinions were that the teeth would not be able to be saved, but an orthodontist later said it might be possible, she said. He will see a plastic surgeon later this week about a possible reconstruction of his palate, she said.

Multiple CAT scans showed no brain hemorrhaging, she said.

Austin’s whole face and mouth are swollen but he is home watching TV and sleeping, she said.

Austin was playing with a friend at the home of Kris Fuerstenberg, 4927 N. Old Orchard Road, Janesville.

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