Boy hit by car is im­prov­ing af­ter a coma

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By SADIE BECKMAN

A young Levin boy left fight­ing for his life af­ter be­ing struck by a car last week is mak­ing slow but steady progress in his re­cov­ery.

Tyler Booth, 8, was hit by the car on Levin’s York St last Sun­day and flown by res­cue heli­copter to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous head in­juries.

He was later trans­ferred to Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Auck­land and has un­der­gone two brain surg­eries and was placed in an in­duced coma.

His fa­ther Dy­lan Booth said on Thurs­day that the lit­tle boy had been mak­ing good progress, had re­gained con­scious­ness and been able to recog­nise and com­mu­ni­cate with his par­ents, who were both at his bed­side.

“It’s still early days though,” he said.

“He had a craniec­tomy, which is where they re­move part of the skull to re­lieve pres­sure [on the brain].”

Mr Booth said he didn’t know ex­actly what had hap­pened in the ac­ci­dent, but that Tyler may have chased a ball out on to the road.

The driver of the car was be­lieved to be trav­el­ling slowly.

“We don’t think there was speed in­volved or he wouldn’t be here,” Mr Booth said.

He said he was con­cerned for the car driver, who was prob­a­bly deeply dis­tressed by the in­ci­dent, and wanted to find a way to get in touch to as­sure the per­son it was sim­ply an ac­ci­dent, and the fam­ily did not hold an­i­mos­ity to­wards them.

Mr Booth said Tyler’s fam­ily needed to stay in Auck­land to care for him, but had some fi­nan­cial con­cerns as Mr Booth is re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury him­self, and is on crutches and un­able to work due to a dis­lo­cated knee.

A fam­ily friend has set up a Givealit­tle page to as­sist the fam­ily dur­ing the dif­fi­cult and trau­matic time.

Mr Booth said he was ex­tremely grate­ful for the sup­port, and that any do­na­tions would be used to help with any med­i­cal costs and to en­able Tyler’s par­ents to be with him.

“Any­thing left over we will donate straight back to Star­ship or Ron­ald McDonald House,” he said.

He said he couldn’t em­pha­sise enough how amaz­ing those or­gan­i­sa­tions had been in sup­port­ing the fam­ily.

If you would like to help sup­port the fam­ily visit www.givealit­ please-help-our-lit­tle-bud­dytyler-and-his-fam­ily


Tyler Booth, 8, is re­cov­er­ing in Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing hit by a car in Levin last week.

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