A Family enjoying a caravan trip of a lifetime ended suddenly when their toddler was seriously injured.
The QLD family were travelling across Australia, when 17-month-old Hunter pulled a boiling kettle on himself and suffered severe burns to his body.
The little boy’s devastated mother spoke to 7 News Online from hospital, where Hunter has been receiving treatment for the past four weeks.
“This will affect his whole life,” she said, recounting the March 26 accident when her little boy pulled open the caravan’s oven door and knocked over a kettle boiling on the hot plate.
“He learned to walk three or four steps three days before the accident. Before the accident he spoke all the basic words… but now all he could do is grunt,” a heartbroken Mrs Hall, 40, shared.
Four days ago Hunter returned to eating and drinking normally, without the need of a drip, which his mother said was some progress.
“For the first four weeks, if a nurse walked into a room he would start screaming,” she said.
He now lets nurses take observations every six hours without too much fuss, but Hunter’s blood pressure remains high and he is still not talking, Mrs Hall said.
Speaking of the accident, Mrs Hall said she immediately ripped off Hunter’s t-shirt and yelled for her husband Mick, 43, to help apply cold water to the boy’s body.
Aside from burns to his chest, and left foot, she noticed Hunter’s right leg was badly scolded so the family rushed him to Caloundra hospital about 22km away. He was later transferred to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital burns unit.
The little boy has since undergone four skin grafts to his, head, chest, right leg and foot, and the sole of his left foot.
You can help Hunter’s family with financial costs, by visiting their GoFundMe page to donate.
We wish little Hunter lots of love and healing vibes.
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