Safe Kids Week- 20 Stitches: My six year-old’s road to recovery
On the afternoon of October 22, 2016, I was getting off a bus with my three young children. As I was adjusting my daughter’s stroller, I asked my two eldest boys to wait for me to cross the road. But, my six year-old son, Cody ran ahead into the street where he was hit by a passing car. Before I could see what happened, I heard a panicked woman screaming and I knew something had gone terribly wrong. I immediately saw my son lying in a nearby ditch, but I struggled to process what had actually taken place. Cody was unresponsive and was quickly rushed by ambulance to our local hospital in Sudbury before being airlifted to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
The next eight days were terrifying and trying for our entire family. Cody suffered a lacerated liver and cuts and bruises on his head, which resulted in about 20 stitches. While the bleeding to Cody’s liver stopped within a couple of days, he suffered a couple of setbacks, which included contracting rhinovirus. Cody’s fever kept him in hospital a little longer than expected.
Seeing my son in insolation, in the intensive care unit, and unable to do much of anything made my heart ache. Last Halloween, Cody spent the night in his hospital bed while his siblings and friends were out trick-or-treating. However, despite his suffering, Cody did return home and made a full recovery. I am thankful for that.
I commend the work Parachute is doing to remind all road users to be vigilant and follow the rules of the road. I feel grateful that Cody survived this horrific incident and I am hopeful that through better education, other families will share the same positive outcomes.
-Francine Nault, Cody’s mother