- So, lemme get this straight: The doctors can't fix Trevor's stab wound? Maybe I'm just underestimating his injury, but it really seemed like something that could be treated, especially since everyone acted immediately about it.
- A person can quickly die from internal bleeding from abdominal trauma. Besides all of the "solid" - blood rich - organs like the liver, kidneys, and pancreas, the blood is pumped out of the heart through a huge artery called the Aorta which immediately splits into two arteries; the Ascending Aorta which goes to the upper body and head, and the Descending Aorta which goes through the chest and abdomen bringing high-pressure, oxygen-rich blood to the lower body. If the Abdominal Aorta was punctured from a stab wound, the high-pressure blood would be forced into the abdominal cavity with such force that the person would bleed to death internally within a few minutes.
John Ritter was killed by a condition called an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) that results in a spontaneous rupture of the Abdominal Aorta without any outside trauma at all. It just happens.
It is completely believable, and likely, that a 12 y/o boy could die from an abdominal stab wound.
- Wait, so shouldn't the bullies get charged for, you know, murdering someone?
- I'm sure they did, they just didn't show it. The point of the ending isn't to show the bullies punished, it's to show that Trevor changed the world after all.