SAN DIEGO - A local teen is in a medically induced coma after a serious skateboarding crash last week.
Seventeen-year-old Joseph Rogers is supposed to getting ready for his senior year at Mission Vista High School, but he is at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla fighting for his life.
"Having to see your child go through all this pain and feeling so helpless … all I do is want to make him better," she said.
Joseph's dad, Raymond, wore sunglasses so you could not see how swollen his eyes were.
"It's been a nightmare," he said.
The couple cannot wake up from it, and they will not sleep.
"No, you're afraid you're going to miss something," Raymond explained.
"What if he does make that movement, or what if something turns to the worse and that's the last moment you can spend with him? You don't want to leave his bedside," his mother, Robin Rogers, added.
On July 2, Joseph was skateboarding with friends in Carlsbad when he took a nasty fall. A neighbor called 911 and stayed at his side until help arrived and another man used is white truck to block traffic.
The teen was airlifted and has had some of the best care you can get, and he has needed it.
"We don't know the full damage right now," Robin said. "He will have a brain injury, [and] he will have hearing issues."
10News learned Joseph smacked the back of his head so hard his brain hit the front and became bruised.
"Yesterday, the swelling was just too much, and so they had to remove the right side of his skull," Robin explained. "They're going to take his feeding tubes now and surgically put them into his stomach tomorrow morning."
Then, they will wake him when, and if, he is ready.
"I just want him to wake up," Raymond said.
Joseph is not just his son, he is dad's best friend, and the two have a fishing trip to go on.
"Hopefully he remembers who his parents are," Raymond said.
Robin wants everyone to remember this: "It doesn't matter how old you are … you'd be a lot cooler if you wore a helmet instead of putting your family and friends and loved ones through this."
"I feel in my heart he can hear me. He knows that we're here and we're praying," she said.
They want to know who the two men who helped him at the scene are so they can say thank you.