Paige Ferguson’s 6-month-old son, Colton, was taking a nap in her friend’s bed when he rolled off and sustained a serious head injury. Now, she’s speaking out to warn other parents about the possible danger and to encourage them to make sure their child is checked out by a medical professional if they hit their head, even if they appear unharmed.
In a Facebook post that has now gone viral, Ferguson explained what happened to Colton and urged parents to take extra care to avoid a similar situation.
She begins her post by admitting that she was unsure about posting her story, but decided that sharing what happened to her family could help others realize the serious risks involved when a baby suffers a fall.
Ferguson says her son fell from a bed that was only 2 feet off the ground. Although they thought the injury was probably minor, she and her fiancé, Blake Linton, took Colton to the hospital to be evaluated. They were devastated to learn that his skull was fractured and half of his blood volume had bled into his brain. He went into cardiac arrest.
“I’m going to be blunt here…Colton may not live. Colton may live and never walk or talk, Colton may be fine, Colton may be delayed,” Ferguson wrote. “It’s up in the air right now and he is still fighting for his life because we are not out of the woods.”
Ferguson goes on to characterize the experience as a “nightmare” and urges all parents to take any hit to the head seriously.
Colton underwent emergency brain surgery and he remained in the hospital for a month, where he received blood transfusions and endured another surgery. His injury resulted in severe epilepsy, and he uses a feeding tube. Doctors expect that he will have cerebral palsy and will have trouble walking and talking as he gets older.
“He’s the strongest child I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Because of the cardiac arrest, Colton’s entire brain was affected,” Ferguson told People. “I will do everything in my power to ensure he has a happy life. I really think he’s going to do more than what [the doctors] think he will. But I’m also very fearful for his future.”
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help pay for Colton’s medical expenses.