Alex Hook, the 6-year-old Silver Lake boy who suffered a brain injury when an object projected from a lawnmower hit him in the back of the head, is breathing on his own and has been transferred out of intensive care at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital in Wauwatosa.
Michelle Koertgen, Alex’s aunt, said doctors are monitoring his intracranial pressure, and another surgery may be needed to implant a cerebral shunt. He also is still being treated for an infection and has had some cardiac episodes.
“As of right now, his right side is affected, but we won’t know to what degree until he’s well enough to undergo more rigorous therapy,” Koertgen said. “We’re taking one day at a time.”
Hook was flown to Children’s Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 10, following the freak accident that occurred while he played outdoors during recess. The object flew out from under the deck of a lawnmower being used to cut a grassy median in the street off school grounds.
Hook suffered a fractured skull and bleeding in his brain. A piece of bone was removed from his brain, according to a GoFundMe page established to help his family cover unforeseen medical costs.
“There are people from around the world praying for Alex,” Koertgen said, adding that people from Australia, Costa Rica, Canada and the United Kingdom have sent their well-wishes. “It has restored my faith in humanity.”
Alex’s father Kirbey and mother Caryn said they are overwhelmed by the support they have been shown. As of Wednesday, the online fundraising campaign organized by Alex’s aunt had raised more than $152,000 to help cover the unforeseen medical expenses.
Several other fundraisers are in the works to help the family through what could be a long recovery process.