It's "one day at a time"for toddler Caleb Skinner as doctors
slowly bring him out of an induced coma.
The 2-year-old was allegedly seriously injured by a friend of
his mother on Monday night at a George St property in
He was airlifted to Starship Hospital in a drug-induced coma
to help relieve pressure and ease bleeding on his brain.
His parents Daryll Skinner and Joanne Smith were told by
doctors they feared he may die from his injuries.
However, just before 8pm yesterday doctors decided to slowly
reduce the drugs to wake him for an MRI scan, and take him of
the breathing machine.
His dad said Caleb had recognised them and was responding
"He fought them. It was a struggle to hold him down. He's
such a battler."
Doctors weren't yet able to say how much brain damage Caleb
had sustained but his brain was still bleeding with a build
up behind the eyes making it difficult for the toddler to see
at this stage, Mr Skinner said.
"His eyesight isn't 100 per cent. It's all blurry and they
won't know until all the blood's gone if it's permanent or
not ... he's very groggy and sleeping a lot. The first thing
he said was 'mum' and 'dad' and wanted a cuddle. He zonked
out and went to sleep in my arms ... It's hard for him to
"He's a bit gaggly like wheezy," Mr Skinner said.
- By Cherie Taylor of the Wairarapa Times-Age