Caleb Skinner, 2, shown here last year in good health, is
slowly responding to his parents as doctors bring him out
of an induced coma. Supplied photo
Assault victim Caleb Skinner has been moved out of
intensive care and his parents feel very lucky to still have
The 2-year-old was seriously injured on Monday evening in a
George St home and had to be revived by ambulance staff. The
toddler was in an induced coma in Auckland's Starship
hospital until yesterday because of head injuries.
His dad, Daryll Skinner, told the Times-Age his son was more
"alert" yesterday morning and speaking the odd short
sentence. Caleb was being moved to a ward which would allow
them to stay overnight with him, he said.
"Sometimes when he talks he is hard to understand but he does
say mum and dad. He babbles a bit and has a definite 'no'
when he doesn't want the nurses or doctors near him. He tells
them to 'go away'."
It would be a tough road ahead for the next three weeks, Mr
Skinner said. "They still don't know how much brain damage he
has suffered yet ... we feel very lucky to still have him
around. It was touch and go there for a while. He's a strong
kid, though, and getting better."
Arriving in Auckland with their son, the parents, who are
separated, said they were struggling for clothing.
Ronald McDonald House has provided them with free
accommodation and Starship nurses and doctors have been
supportive and helpful.
"It's not been easy. We are washing our clothes over and
over. They have told us we could be here for a while yet;
maybe a month or so. Jo and I are holding up, though. We need
to be here for our boy."
- by Cherie Taylor of the Wairarapa Times-Age