Injured Freeland boy improves

The 9-year-old Freeland boy who was injured in a skateboarding accident has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

James Young of Freeland was skateboarding down Roxlin Drive in Freeland when he struck a truck traveling east on Cameron Road.

According to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson, Young remains in the intensive care unit but his condition has improved since he was admitted Thursday following the accident. He is currently being assisted with his breathing.

According to Sara Jane Berger, a spokeswoman for the family, Young is expected to remain in Harborview for two more weeks before he transfers to Children’s Hospital in Seattle for rehabilitation.

“James has undergone several surgeries and has many more to go. He is gaining ground, but it will just take a long time for everything to be put back together and to heal,” Berger said.

“His doctors said that it is unlikely the tires of the dump truck went directly over his body, but he was severely injured by running into the vehicle,” Berger said.

The boy did not not receive any damage to his spine, neck or head.

“He has passed all of the neurological testing with flying colors, but his lungs still need to heal and he has several areas throughout his body that are broken,” Berger said. He is expected to be walking within six months.

For information call Sarah Berger at 341-3418.

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