CHICAGO (CBS) – A little boy is fighting for his life after being shot in the head while playing outside at school in Southeastern Wisconsin last week.
CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei spoke with the boy’s godmother about his condition on Monday.
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Alex Hook is 6 years old and in first grade. He was left unconscious in a Milwaukee hospital on Monday.
His family said that one minute he was playing outside during recess – and the next he was lying unconscious and bleeding from his head.
Today he is in critical condition in hospital.
“I got a phone call saying there had been an accident at the school and she needed to go there immediately,” Alex’s aunt and godmother Michelle Koertgen said.
Koertgen said Alex’s mother received a phone call Friday from Riverview Elementary School in Silver Lake, Wisconsin, just across the border from Illinois. When his mother arrived there, paramedics were already surrounding her little boy.
“He was unconscious,” Koertgen said. “He was having convulsions and bleeding profusely from the back of his head.”
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It was not clear what happened until the principal checked the school’s surveillance video.
“That’s when she realized that a person mowing the lawn in the middle right across the street where the kids are, fired a projectile – and it is what hit him on the back of the head, ”says Koertgen.
A CT scan showed Alex had a fractured skull, and he was rushed for emergency brain surgery. Doctors said part of the metal that hit him was lodged in his brain and they had to remove a piece of his skull.
In an induced coma over the weekend, the little boy continues to fight for his life.
“The poor kid is hooked up to more machines than you can imagine,” Koertgen said.
Alex’s family said it was a horrible waiting game and they wouldn’t have an answer on Alex’s condition and what his recovery would look like until he woke up.
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Alex’s family have also said that while both of his parents have jobs and health insurance, that’s not enough to cover the mounting medical bills. They’ve set up a GoFundMe page for anyone who wants to help out, and you can find the link here.