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Photo by Prayers for Landon facebook
Landon beams from his hospital bed, May 13
Photo by Prayers for Landon facebook
Landon at an earlier time

Landon Schroeder, 3, was grinning from his hospital bed Monday after taking a few steps the day before in physical therapy at Denver Children's Hospital, continuing his remarkable recovery from a near-drowning seven days earlier.

Schroeder was found unconsious in a North Platte fishing pond Monday afternoon, May 6, where he'd spent the afternoon with his stepfather, Trevor Perry.

Perry told investigators he took the unconsious boy home, and his mother rushed him to the hospital. An emergency medical team at Great Plains Regional Medical Center rescusitated Landon, and he was flown to Denver by helicopter, kept alive by life support equipment.

When Landon arrived, he was put into a medically induced coma. His family asked for prayers and thousands of people responded.

Landon showed slow but steady progress over the next few days. He opened his eyes briefly Tuesday and moved his legs and arms.

By Wednesday he followed an object with his eyes.

After making ongoing improvements, his ventilator was removed Friday.

An MRI showed "a little brain sketch" on Friday, but by Sunday the family said doctors don't expect any brain damage.

A CPAP, a device that uses mild air pressure to keep airways open, was removed Saturday.

On Sunday, Landon took a few steps with the assistance of a physical therapist, according to the facebook page "Prayers for Landon," which automatically goes to more than 3,600 people.

It was a great Mother's Day gift for Landon's natural mother as well as his stepmother.

"Keep up with the prayers," a facebook post said. "We appreciate and are so thankful for each and every one of you!"

On Monday, his father Billy Nichelson posted a photo of Landon smiling.

"Ash (Ashley Barraclough) and I would like to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts," Nichelson said. "We believe that without your prayers an support, this wouldn't be possible."

His stepfather, Trevor Perry, was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse.


Several fundraisers will be held to help with some of the expenses.

A co-ed softball tournament will be held May 18 in Cody Park in North Platte, organized by city councilman Brook Baker. The team fee is $100. Donated merchandise and gift certificates will be raffled. To participate, contact Baker at 308-660-5112.

Tee shirts are on sale at the Da Buzz coffee house. Out of town people can order online at www.oclothingonline.com. Adult shirts are $20 and kids $15.

Sculley's Shooters is planning a fun night with raffle items. Playmakers Sports Bar & Grill of Lincoln has donated a free keg and wings party, along with a four-hour party bus rental to be raffled -- which would make a fine party during football season.

To donate items to be raffled, contact Joe Sculley at Shooters, Britta Ashley Phillips at 308-539-3115 or Jacqueline Deacon at 308-539-7911.

Donation accounts have also been set up at Wells Fargo Bank or online HERE.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/13/2013
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