A six-year-old boy is still in intensive care fighting for his life after a horrific accident on Anzac Day.
He was discovered by his mother Lauren Babington, who told the Gold Coast Bulletin she wanted details of the ‘traumatic’ accident kept private.
Ms Babington alerted Deklan’s grandparents, who rushed from their home just across the road, to perform life-saving CPR on their grandson.
Deklan Babington-MacDonald, 6, (pictured) was playing with a toy in his bedroom on Sunday April 25, when he suffered a life-threatening injury
The six-year-old was transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital and later airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Deklan now remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit in a critical condition, after his heart stopped for almost half an hour.
Cousin Lea Williams said Deklan is not expected to recover.
‘The doctors aren’t hopeful of his survival at this point – the family is hoping for a miracle,’ Ms Williams told the Courier Mail.
‘It is a shocking accident that should never have happened.’
She said the family were still struggling to come to terms with how the incident unfolded.
‘It was a toy that was bought four days earlier … it ended up being really dangerous and we are really angry but haven’t got our heads around it and can’t focus on it.’
She described Deklan as the much-loved ‘baby of the family’ and said they want police to launch an investigation.
His grandparents performed life-saving CPR on the Queensland schoolboy, who was transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital
Deklan’s Aunty Caity Macdonald broke the sad news to her friends and family on Tuesday afternoon.
‘It is with a heavy heart that we share this news, but on Sunday my nephew Deklan was involved in a horrific accident that has left my sister (his mum) and my family absolutely devastated’, she wrote in a post on Facebook.
‘He is in ICU in a critical condition.’
Ms Macdonald posted a link to a fundraiser set-up by Ms Williams, and encouraged her audience to give what they could.
‘Any donations to help Lauren be able to focus on bub and not on the cost of life would be much appreciated’, she said.
Organiser Lea Williams also posted a link to the campaign on Facebook, telling friends and family her ‘sweet cousin Deklan’ had been in a horrific accident.
She has described her cousin as a ‘gorgeous boy’ who could light up a room.
‘He’s definitely mischievous but he’s so so sweet. He’s so loved, just doted on’, she told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
The fundraiser hopes to raise money for transport and accommodation costs as well as cover Ms Babington to take time off work to be with Deklan.
The six-year-old Nerang boy remains in a critical condition at Queensland Children’s Hospital
The family have already received over $3,000 to support the six-year-old’s recovery, with aspirations to raise $5,000.
Ms Macdonald said her family was ‘absolutely distraught’ by the terrifying accident, and described Deklan as the ‘light of our life and Lauren’s best friend’.
The schoolboy was just about to start his second term of grade one at William Duncan State School and loves riding his scooter and going to the beach.
‘Deklan isn’t just a grandson or nephew you would see every now and then’, Ms Macdonald said.
‘He is embedded in our lives, with sleepovers at Nanna’s every weekend and hangouts with the aunties all the time.’
She said Ms Babington has had to overcome the challenges of being a single mother ever since Deklan was born.
‘What has happened is a horrible tragedy that no one could ever see coming.
‘We are all broken and praying for our little man.’
Family members have set-up a fundraiser to support Deklan’s recovery, and have already received more than $3000 to go towards travel and accommodation costs