BOY, HURT IN ROPE MISHAP, IS
The Roanoke Times, June 19, 1996
By LISA K. GARCIA - STAFF WRITER
PULASKI - The condition of a 10-year-old
boy who accidentally hanged himself Thursday night is steadily improving,
his grandmother said Tuesday.
Bethany Rooker said Daniel Jason
Rooker cannot talk but is doing better. "He's improving a little
bit all the time because of all the wonderful care and prayers,"
The boy, who goes by his middle
name of Jason, remains in the pediatric intensive care unit of Carilion
Roanoke Community Hospital where he is listed in stable condition,
according to his father, Greg Rooker.
"We would like to thank all
the people who have prayed for Jason; we really think that's made
the difference," Greg Rooker said.
Jason, who just completed the fourth
grade at Bethel Elementary School in Montgomery County, accidentally
hanged himself while playing in his parents' yard near Claytor Lake.
The entire family was working in the yard at the time and quickly
found the boy, who was unconscious, state police said. The accident
happened about 8 p.m.
State police said Jason tied a rope
to the branch of a tree and climbed a nearby fence before he fell
or jumped, tangled in the rope. The fence was about 5 feet tall.
Jason's parents cut the rope and
immediately administered CPR. It took about 15 minutes for rescue
personnel to arrive. The boy was taken to Carilion Radford Community
Hospital and then flown to Roanoke where he was originally listed
in critical condition.
Greg Rooker said his son was taken
off a ventilator Monday, and doctors say they are "cautiously
optimistic" about Jason's recovery. The amount of brain damage,
if any, his son suffered is unknown, he said.