Baby's brain injured

Published 10:43 am Monday, March 31, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Family members of 19-month-old Whidden McCall are clinging to a “thread of hope” as the child recovers in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital after a four-wheeler accident last week.
Whidden was injured when the four-wheeler being driven by his mother, Lacie McCall, wrecked on River Road in the Riverview community March 22, according to Alabama State Trooper officials. Lifeflight transported Lacie and Whidden from the scene to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
An investigation into the accident is continuing by members of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Doctors are keeping the child in a drug-induced coma to keep him stable and calm as he recovers, Brown said.
Eddie McCall Jr., Whidden's father, said no real change has been seen in his son's condition.
Three sensors and drainage tubes are in place in the child's brain to monitor any brain activity, Brown said. “He is still with us right now,” Brown said. “We are just continuing to pray and hope.”
Lacie McCall was also injured in the accident, but is recovering from her injuries well.
Family members had hoped Lacie would be released from the hospital this weekend, however a delay in her release was put into place Saturday.
A fund has been established at The Bank of Brewton to help with medical expenses incurred by the family.
Contributions can be made at the main bank or any branch of The Bank of Brewton to the William Lyons for Lacie McCall Family fund, bank officials said.