Three-year-old Jordan “AJ” Anthony is now conscious and alert and seemingly on the road to a full recovery from the accident at King George V Ground last week which left him with a puncture wound on the left side of his head.
The toddler’s parents are thanking God for the miracle of saving his life after a heavy wrought iron gate fell on him and crushed the left part of his skull.
The boy’s father George “Natty” Anthony told The Daily OBSERVER his son is now conscious and breathing on his own, but doctors are still keeping a close eye on him.
He expressed gratitude for the care given to his son at Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) and explained that doctors and nurses, including a neurological specialist, conducted several medical procedures to help improve his son’s condition since the accident on December 13.
MSJMC paediatric surgeon Dr Basil Brown was among the first to attend the child in the emergency room after he was admitted with a puncture wound to the left side of his head and bleeding profusely from both ears.
The child was later taken to the Intensive Care Unit where anesthesiologist Dr Leisha Ward put him into a medically induced coma in order for the brain to rest and reduce the swelling. He was also placed on a ventilator, which assisted him to breathe.
Subsequently, a procedure to allow the brain to drain was performed by Trinidadian neurologist Dr Peter Kowlessar, who was brought in specifically for Anthony’s case.
The child’s father said doctors awakened him from the coma on Monday, this week, and so far, it appears he would recovery fully.
The child has been talking and playing with his toys, recognises relatives and friends and is eating on his own, the elder Anthony reported.
On the day of the accident, the young boy’s father had left him briefly at King George V Ground, in the presence of several children and adults, to get the child’s jacket from their home located across the street.
But before the man returned to the playground, he received news of the accident in which the gate to the entrance of the grounds had fallen and injured his son.