Ken Diviney on Morgantown AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– More operations are required for former WVU student Ryan Diviney, who was permanently injured during a brutal attack in Morgantown in 2009.

During the attack, Ryan was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head. He suffered a fractured skull, a broken jaw and bleeding of the brain. Doctors were forced to remove a third of Ryan’s skull to allow room for swelling. At the time doctors replaced the removed portion of Ryan’s skull with a titanium mesh. But now, Ryan’s father Ken Diviney, says the mesh needs to be replaced.

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Father Ken Diviney with his son Ryan.

“About a year ago I noticed a dimple in his head, near his temple. Now we’re at the point that titanium needs to be removed,” explained Diviney on Morgantown A.M. on WAJR-AM.

Doctors will remove the mesh and for a month, Ryan’s brain will be unprotected as doctors wait for his scalp to heal and make certain no infection has set in.

Then a new polymer plate will inserted where Ryan’s skull used to be.

“That month is so concerning because the only thing between the outside world and his brain is some skin and a membrane of fluid,” worried Diviney.

Ryan has remained in a vegetative state since the attack in 2009. Since then Ken has quit his job and devoted his life to caring for his son, never giving up hope that Ryan may regain consciousness. Ryan will react to pain, startle at loud noises, pull his foot back when it is tickled but Diviney says there are times where his sees glimmers of expressions.

“We’re big Redskins fans here in Washington and we brought up (Cowboys’ quarterback) Tony Romo and I think there was a slight look of disgust on his face,” said Diviney.

Diviney says ever since the attack the Morgantown area and the entire state of West Virginia has been supportive of him and his family, through wishes, prayers and financial support.

“The reality is money is a big deal. Love is free but care costs money. Anyway people can help is always appreciated but that’s not my objective. My objective is to keep Ryan relevant.”

In 2010, Jonathon May was convicted misdemeanor battery and severed seven months in prison for the attack on Ryan. Austin Vantrease was convicted of felony malicious assault and sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison. Vantrease is still in prison. He was denied parole last July.

For more on Ryan visit RyansRally.org.

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Comments

  • Silas Lynch

    Whenever I would think George Zimmermann would of been better off in the long run to have just of taken a few head blows to the ground I am quickly reminded of this case and change my mind. Do any of you not?

    • John

      Don't see the relevance of a kid minding his business eating skittles and being taunted by a nut like Zimmerman and this particular case.

  • R B Moffett

    Given the magnitude of Mr. Diviney's injuries and the wanton vicious nature of the attack, how can any thinking person believe a misdemeanor battery conviction with seven months imprisonment and a malicious assault conviction with only 2 to 10 years in prison constitute justice? Mr. Diviney was dealt a life sentence without parole by Mr. May and Mr. Vantrease who essentially escaped with their wrists slapped.

    Our excessively permissive and politically correct criminal justice system has completely abandoned any concern for the victims of heinous crimes; all the rights are given the
    accused who seldom receive the sentences they deserve. One wonders how some criminal defense attorneys and judges face themselves in the mirror knowing they've been instruments of a complete miscarriage of justice. .

    • ViennaGuy

      - Given the magnitude of Mr. Diviney's injuries and the wanton vicious nature of the attack, how can any thinking person believe a misdemeanor battery conviction with seven months imprisonment and a malicious assault conviction with only 2 to 10 years in prison constitute justice? -

      It doesn't, that's for sure.

  • jdawg

    what kind of punishment is that???? here these people getting kick-backs from arch will do more time than some punks who basically killed a man!!!!! so wrong

  • The

    Oops. Didn't finish reading. Glad they got some time

  • the

    Was anyone ever convicted of this horrible crime?

    • Katydids

      Did you read the article? Geez....

      • P B and J

        Convicted yes, punished no.

        A joke of Justice.