Oakley boy still in coma
May 21, 2009
An Oakley boy who was run over by an all terrain vehicle driven by his brother is in a medically induced coma, an emergency responder said Thursday.
"They’ve got him in a drug-induced coma to keep him calm and to keep his brain from swelling too much," said Terry Taylor, a spokeswoman for South Summit Ambulance.
The 9-year-old boy was critically injured Monday when he was run over by a Polaris Ranger 700 being operated by his 12-year-old brother. The boy suffered severe head and upper torso injuries and was airlifted to Primary Children’s Medical Center.
At about 8:45 p.m. he was helping his brother pull the ATV into a garage attached to their South Summit home, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt Nick Wilkinson said, adding that the boy was unconscious when paramedics arrived.
The boy might have fallen down behind the ATV before getting run over, Taylor said.
"He was backing up and tripped," Taylor said in a telephone interview. Wilkinson said an investigation is underway.
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The boy was reportedly standing behind the ATV when his brother lost control and the vehicle backed over him, Wilkinson said in a prepared statement.
"It’s not a good way to start the summer out," Taylor said. "One thing you hate to see in this business is kids get hurt."
Family members have requested that hospital officials release no information about the condition of the boy.