California Girl Injures Kidney After Simple Trip

| by Kendal Mitchell
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A young California girl spent more than a week in the hospital for kidney damage after she fell tripping over her shoelaces.

Sophia Angelini, 7, said she fell while trying to go back into her classroom to get a jacket during lunch.

“I tripped on my shoelace and fell on the curb and I hit my side on it,” Sophia told ABC station KGO-TV.

The seemingly innocent fall resulted in Angelini spending eight days in the hospital, said Dominic Angelini, Sophia’s father. A nurse from Sophia's school called Dominic Angelini’s wife to pick up Sophia. After picking Sophia up from school, Angelini said his wife knew something very serious was wrong. 

"She was very pale and was vomiting," Dominic Angelini said of Sophia. “(But she) didn’t have a scratch on her or even a bruise.”

Sophia's parents decided to take her to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, where doctors diagnosed Sophia with a lacerated kidney. Sophia later went into surgery to repair the injured organ.

“When they showed us, the lower third [of the kidney] looks broken into pieces,” Dominic Angelini said.  

Doctors decide to perform to surgery for kidney lacerations if a patient is unstable or appears to be losing blood from the organ, according to the Urology Care Foundation. The most common complications of kidney trauma are urinary leakage or delayed bleeding from the lacerated area.

Dr. His-Yang Wu, Sophia’s physician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, said she kept a stent, a tube connecting the bladder to the kidney to remove most liquid from the injury site, inside Sophia to keep urine out of the kidney as the organ healed.

Sophia is now recovering at home and is not expected to have any longer term issues associated with her injury.

“It’s something [she] won’t notice,” Dominic Angelini said. “As she grows the kidney will grow a little bit.”

Sources: ABCNews, Urology Care Foundation / Photo Credit: ABCNews,