INDEX, Washington – A little boy faces a long and difficult recovery after a devastating climbing accident in Snohomish County.
Witnesses said 6-year-old Hank Purchase was hiking with his family when a large boulder suddenly rolled down an embankment, hitting him in the head.
Hank was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
He is still in critical condition two days after the accident. Additionally, Hank’s father told KIRO 7 that his son may need to have part of his skull removed.
He added that his son is really happy when he hikes outdoors.
“He’s seen a lot and loves going to new places all the time,” said Brett Purchase. “He’s one of the cutest people I’ve ever met, and he always loves being close to his mom and dad.”
As a result of Sunday’s accident, Hank Purchase suffered a direct blow to the head and immediately lost consciousness.
From there, a tidal wave of mountaineers gathered to save the life of this little adventurer.
Included in this group was a retired firefighter, as well as an off-duty trauma nurse.
“I think when something happens to a person, people come together. I have also seen this with other people’s accidents, ”noted Brett Purchase.
Before many expensive surgeries, a family friend created this GoFundMe page to help with Hank’s recovery.
“Obviously (family members) are going to need some help so it’s great to see everyone stepping up,” said Saign Charlestein, the organizer of Hank’s GoFundMe page.
Doctors are currently waiting for the swelling in Hank’s brain to subside before proceeding with surgery.
As heartbreaking as it was to see his baby boy so badly injured, Hank’s father said the community’s response had been downright spectacular.
“They come for him and show their support for him, and that means the world to us,” he said.
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