Photo by Facebook (Prayers for Landon)
Landon Schroeder on a happier outing.
Photo by Prayers for Landon facebook
A three-year-old North Platte boy started crying while looking at his grandmother Wednesday afternoon, a definite sign of life after he nearly drowned two days earlier. If Landon Schroder's vital signs continue to improve, there is a chance he can be taken off the ventilator and some of his medications, a family member said Thursday morning.
Schroeder, the victim of a drowning just east of North Platte, was unresponsive Monday evening when he arrived at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
An emergency team was able to resuscitate him and he was rushed to Denver Children’s Hospital by helicopter in a medically induced coma. His body was full of water and his organs were barely working. He was put on a ventilator.
Minute by minute, he fought for his life, boosted by thousands of prayers, organized through a Facebook page, “Prayers for Landon." Soon after the page was created, more than 1,000 people were connected.
One of the most poignant prayers said in part: “When you have healed our little boy we ask that you put him back into his vessel here on earth! We haven't had enough time to be with Landon and we believe this is not your doing and that's why we beg of you to heal this little boy that we love and care for so much!”
More than 2,400 people were praying for Landon as of Tuesday night, according to the number of “likes” on the Facebook page.
By 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, he had moved his arms and legs, opened his eyes briefly and appeared to be in pain – signs that he was coming around.
On Wednesday morning, family members reported that Landon had cried and followed an object with his eye.
By noon Wednesday, the number of Facebook likes surpassed 3,000. Several people posted on the page to say other prayer groups were engaged.
"Keep praying! It's working so well!" his family said Thursday morning.
The boy went fishing with his stepfather Trevor Perry around noon Monday in a pond east of the Newberry Road/U.S. 30 overpass that crosses the railroad tracks, Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said.
A sheriff's spokesman said Perry, 28, told investigators that they went fishing just north of the railroad tracks. The two fished through the afternoon. The drowning happened around 5:30 p.m., Kramer said.
According to the sheriff's spokesman, Landon apparently stepped away from the fishing area and made it into the water. Perry told investigators that Landon had not been in the water for long.
Perry said as soon as he noticed Landon in the water, he rushed him home, and then to Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He was unresponsive when he arrived, the hospital staff told the sheriff's office.
The sheriff was contacted around 7 p.m.
Kramer said the drowning is under investigation.
“We need to match some of the evidence with the story,” he said late Tuesday. “I don’t have the answers that satisfy me at this time.”
Investigators said they have been working with both Perry and Landon’s mother, who was not present at the time of the drowning, to put the pieces of the investigation together.
As of Wednesday, no criminal charges had been filed, the spokesman said. But Landon was improving.
“The support has been overwhelming and I know I can speak for this entire family when I say thank you,” Landon’s stepmother Ashley Barraclough posted around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. “Words can not describe how amazing every single one of you are!”
The family set up an account for donations that can be accessed through Facebook. To see it, click HERE.
A fundraising coed softball tournament will be held at Cody Park Saturday May 18, with raffles, food and ball games. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m., with the first pitch at 10 a.m.
The team fee is $100. Donated merchandise and gift certificates will be raffled.
You can volunteer to help publicize and organize the tournament, post signs, etc.
To participate, contact Brook Baker @ 308-660-5112 or Jacqueline Deacon at 308-539-7911.
Landon's father Billy Nichelson posted this prayer on the Facebook page, which was sent by his cousin and "sums up how we feel," Nichelson said.
"Dear Heavenly Father, we ask you that you take Landon into your hands and wrap him in your healing arms! When you have healed our little boy we ask that you put him back into his vessel here on earth! We haven't had enough time to be with Landon and we believe this is not your doing and that's why we beg of you to heal this little boy that we love and care for so much! He was full of life and love! So we ask dear lord, that you will heal Landon. So we can have more time with this precious little boy! We love you lord. In your name we pray dear lord, amen!"
This report is updated regularly.