Disabled football player suing Bishop's University for $7.5 million

The family of Kevin Kwasny is suing Bishop's University for $7.5 million. (AFP PHOTO)

The family of Kevin Kwasny is suing Bishop's University for $7.5 million. (AFP PHOTO)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:28 PM ET

MONTREAL - The family of a Winnipeg football player left disabled following a 2011 head hit is suing Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Que. for $7.5 million.

Kevin Kwasny says he suffered permanent brain damage after being forced to return to the field despite concussion symptoms on September 11, 2011.

The 6-foot-1, 230-lb. social sciences student left the game in the first half with no apparent problems.

But he complained of severe nausea at halftime and was taken from the campus field to a hospital near the university in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

Doctors placed Kwasny in an induced coma for several days before he was flown back to Winnipeg by air ambulance.

He has since had to re-learn how to walk and talk.

Though he's seeking damages from Bishop's, his claim names head coach Tony Addona, defensive coordinator Ray Gagnon, and therapists Stephen King and Ray King.

The suit's allegations have not been proven in court.

"His injuries have resulted in severe and permanent physical and cognitive disabilities, and he will be permanently prevented from working in any capacity," says the suit.

Kawsny also alleges that Bishop's refused to pay for medical bills, which the suit says is a violation of the scholarship agreement.

Bishop's would not comment on the allegations. But the school said a review has indicated it did all it could to safeguard Kwasny's health.

"From the moment the sports medicine team and coaching staff became aware of a potential injury they took all necessary precautions to ensure Kevin received immediate medical care," Bishop's said in a statement.


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