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April 24, 2014

Boy severely injured in crash out of ICU

Egg hunt Friday to benefit family

A boy involved in an all-terrain vehicle crash April 6 has left the intensive care unit and undergone what doctors and his family hope to be his final brain surgery.

Kohle Wildrick, 12, a Galveston Elementary sixth-grade student, remains hospitalized after an afternoon crash April 6 left him with head trauma and a broken arm. His recovery has progressed well, however, and his mother says his prognosis is better than is typically expected in cases of head trauma like his.

"He's had the community supporting him so much and so many people praying for him — from what the doctors have told us, I think the prayers have really worked," said Stacy Wildrick, Kohle's mother.

The boy remains in Riley Hospital for Children awaiting transfer to a rehabilitation unit, she said.

Kohle was moved out of the ICU Monday after about two weeks in that unit. He emerged from his second brain surgery Wednesday in which doctors inserted titanium screws and plates to repair a hole made earlier in his skull to relieve swelling of the brain.

"They actually said that with severe brain trauma like this, this is not the normal outcome," Wildrick added. She said once her son gets into rehabilitation, he'll be "halfway there" to full recovery. Rehabilitation could take up to a year.

In the meantime, friends, neighbors and classmates of Kohle have planned a nighttime egg hunt to raise funds for the family's medical expenses.

Tri Kappa sorority will host the Great Late Adult Egg Hunt starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Cass County Fairgrounds, inviting those 12 years old and up to buy $5 wristbands in exchange for the chance to hunt down some of the 5,000 eggs the event's organizers will hide in the west grassy parking area at the fairgrounds.

Dawn Fisher, one of the organizers, said she and the rest of the group decided to plan the event on short notice after hearing updates on Kohle's progress.

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