Community will pull together to raise money for a boy who fell from a tree

Reported by Laura Sinacori - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

BELVILLE, NC (WECT) - A tearful mother is holding onto hope that her son will survive after falling about six feet from a tree in Belville over the weekend.

Teddy Hiatt's mother, Heather Skipper, is in shock, but said she's thankful for the community's support.  She is still trying to comprehend why her 9-year-old son is in a coma and fighting for his life.

"It's unbelievable," said Heather.  "I think everybody is still shocked that this has happened."

Heather said Teddy was revived twice, and because he's been given more time to live she's trying to think positively.  She says as a single mom, the boy makes her life complete.

"It's almost like he's my best friend more than he's my son," said Heather.  "Kids are kids, he's a boy he's got to be a kid. He has to grow and learn and play and love. I wouldn't change a thing about that child he's perfect in every way."

The community reached out to help when they learned Heather and Teddy do not have health insurance.  Heather said the response has been overwhelming.

"There are so many people out there that I don't know that are helping," said Heather.  "It's amazing the wonderful people out there that are willing to step forward to help a child and I'm very grateful."

Doctors performed surgery on Teddy Thursday and were able to releive a lot of pressure in his brain.  Officials at New Hanover Regional Medical Center said he is still in a coma and was listed in critical condition as of Friday.

Donations for Teddy can be made at any BB&T or RBC Century banks.

The community is holding a benefit for Teddy Saturday, Aug. 29 around noon at Chasers Beach Club.  A plate of BBQ or chicken with sides will cost $6, and all proceeds will go towards the boy's medical bills.

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