Baker boy, 12, hurt after falling into river

Written by Chris Collins June 19, 2013 09:18 am

By Chris Collins

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A 12-year-old Baker City boy who suffered a severe skull fracture when he fell from a rope swing into the Powder River Saturday is making what has been termed a “miracle recovery.”

Josiah Potter was moved from intensive care to the pediatric floor of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise Monday, his mother, Tovah Potter said in a telephone interview today.

She said her husband, David,was at the river near the D Street bridge with their three sons when the accident happened. Josiah was not breathing after the fall and his father resuscitated him with rescue breathing before dialing 9-1-1, she said. 

“He saved his life,” she said.

The ambulance was dispatched at 2:06 p.m. and took Josiah to the Baker City hospital where he was stabilized and then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to the Boise hospital.

Tovah said her son’s skull was fractured from the back of his head through to his eye socket and nasal septum.

“They’re calling it a miracle,” she said. “The doctors and nurses are astonished that he survived.”

Tovah is providing updates on her Facebook page: Tovah Laiye Potter.

“I want to make sure I thank all our friends and family for their support and give credit to God,” she said. “It’s really a miracle that he survived.”