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Special needs youth's care raises concern

Posted: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013

This is how Anthony Briden arrived home after his first day of school on Monday. Photo courtesy of Patrick Navares

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Anthony Briden’s first day of school this week was nearly his last.

The 16-year-old tenth grader at Centauri High School came home on the bus in a manner that shocked his guardians, Angelina and Patrick Navares.

Angelina, Anthony’s grandmother, has cared for him since he was 3 months old, after he was irreparably injured as a Shaken Baby Syndrome victim. As a result of his injuries, he cannot walk, talk or feed himself. His diapers still have to be changed, and he has the mind of about a 6-month-old.

Because the state requires his grandparents to send him to school until he “graduates,” he has attended schools in Alamosa and more recently at Centauri where he is in a special needs classroom.

Anthony has a history of seizures but had been seizure free all summer while he was home with his grandparents. After his first day of school, however, he had two seizures.

When the bus pulled up to the Navares’ home in Manassa after Anthony’s first day of school on Monday, Patrick went out to meet it and was surprised at how Anthony had been transported. Rather than sitting up in his wheelchair, Anthony was in a prone position, strapped down with his feet tied underneath, his chest strap around his neck and his hips sliding off the chair. With his only good arm he was trying to keep the straps from choking him.

For the complete article see the 08-29-2013 issue.

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