Eli was in a horrible car accident on the evening of 12/27 with his father and two cousins.
He has a fractured clavicle, fractured sternum, and 6 fractured ribs. His left lung was damaged from the impact so a chest tube was placed to drain the blood and leaked air in his chest cavity. His right lung collapsed but has since inflated on its own with ventilation help. Surgeons continue to monitor his stomach for intestinal or spleen damage, which could possibly mean surgery. He's had multiple MRIs on his brain and spine, the latest resulting in fluid between his T1 & T12 and a hematoma between his T4 & T7 vertebrae, as well as a slight brain bleed. We are hopeful that this will all heal on its own with the help of a cervical collar.
Right now the goal is to get him off of ventilation and to get him breathing on his own. Times that they have tried to extubate, his lungs and body just weren't ready due to all the trauma suffered in the accident. Doctors saw that his sodium levels were dropping too low, which is normal with the lung and brain injuries he suffered. However, they got so dangerously low putting him at risk of seizures. They inserted a central line through his femoral vein so they could get his levels back up quickly with a sodium drip.
As of 1/4: Eli is still in a medically induced coma but they are slowly lowering his sedation and his dependence on the ventilator. The chest x-rays are showing improvement with his lungs so he was able to get his chest tube removed. Drs are testing his own breathing with the ventilator and have started CPAP trials to exercise his lungs with hopes of being able to extubate him tomorrow.
For those that do not know Eli. He is a 6 year old innocent, kind, loving boy. He started kindergarten this year and has had so much fun learning and meeting new friends. He was looking forward to starting T-ball in February as he's a natural athlete. He loves being a big brother- always protecting and teaching his little sister. He's a momma's boy in the best way possible, always telling his mom how beautiful she is and how much he loves her. Since he's been able to talk he has always said when he grows up wants to be a firefighter or a police officer.
I understand that not everyone is in a financial position to help. Just know my family is beyond grateful for any donation, prayer, and share; it truly makes a difference! My sister is a single mom so every dollar will help with his medical bills, physical therapy, and counseling. We want to give a very big thank you to the first responders, the by standers that rescued him from the car when it caught on fire, and the medical professionals that are saving his life. You all are true heroes!!