PULASKI -- Jason Rooker, the 10-year-old
boy who accidentally hanged himself, was moved to a Charlottesville
rehabilitation center Monday where the family says he will remain
for several months.
Greg Rooker, the boy's father and
owner and president of Family Community Newspapers, released a statement
about his son Tuesday.
Jason was moved from a Roanoke hospital
to the center in a semiconscious state and the "long-term prognosis
is that he will be at the center for at least several months,"
the statement said.
"The best thing anyone can
do to help is pray," Rooker said.
"Jason's improvement is based
in large measure to the outpouring of prayers from so many concerned
Rooker and his wife, Fran Rooker,
performed CPR on their son when they found him hanging by a rope
from a tree in the family's yard June 13. Jason was not breathing
and had no pulse when his parents found him. The boy was playing
when he fell or jumped and got tangled in the rope.
Anyone who wants to send cards to
Jason should address them as follows: Jason Rooker - inpatient,
Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center, 2270 Ivy Road, Charlottesville,