North Carolina Toddler Survives Shocking Head Injury From Pressure WasPosted on Aug 20, 2010
Luckily, the boy’s uncle, Carlton Reed, was on the scene of the head injury accident and knew what – and what not – to do. Reed understood not to move the boy and to call for help immediately. A neighbor and local firefighter sawed through the pressure washer to detach the boy from the machine without moving him. The boy, who was conscious and crying throughout the ordeal, was rushed to the University of North Carolina Hospital, where he underwent a delicate surgery to remove the pipe. Doctors say that if the pipe was in even a slightly different spot, severing his torcula vein, he could have died instantly or suffered a debilitating stroke.
While doctors at the UNC hospital were first unsure of the little boy’s chances of survival – and told grandfather Joseph Jones that things weren’t looking good – a week out of surgery, Jessiah is recovering quickly and may not even have lasting consequences from his brain injury. Doctors are still monitoring him for an infection, but say that his response has been the best possible outcome.