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Kicked in chest, coughing blood, difficulty breathing, stabbing pain. Treatment options?

hi!! so my friend, his dad is kind of crazy and he was drunk and started beating him and kicked him really hard on his chest and he said after he was coughing out blood and then he had trouble brething and still days later he randomly has trouble breathing he said it feels like something is stabbing his chest and he didn t go to a doctor he hasn t been able to his parents won t help and he doesn t have money he is 17 years old
Fri, 2 Nov 2012
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I'm sorry to hear about your friend. It's quite possible he has at least one fractured rib that has injured the underlying lung; even if his ribs aren't fractured, he may have a pulmonary contusion (lung bruise), which could also account for his coughing up blood and his difficulty breathing. This is not a situation that your friend should try to "ride out" at home. He's at risk for pneumonia, severe bleeding into his chest, or a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). If he can't get his parents to take him to a doctor, he should seek medical attention at the nearest urgent care center or emergency room.
I hope things go well!
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