HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (KT) – The Kentucky toddler who suffered severe injuries to her body and brain after allegedly being shaken or slammed, is making small improvements in a West Virginia hospital, her mother said.
At the end of an encouraging Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon, Linda Pemberton said: “Miracles are in the works!”
While she’s in no way out of the woods and has a long way to go, Calliope Anne May, the 2-year-old daughter of Rick May and Pemberton, is doing better, according to the mother.
The toddler has been on the minds and prayers of the northeastern Kentucky area since the injury occurred on April 27. Churches and individuals have been praying and giving - a Go Fund Me account is approaching $20,000 – as family keeps vigil at the hospital.
Callie has had surgeries and has been heavily sedated with family at her beside.
With an audience of literally thousands awaiting any word from her mother, Pemberton offered these comments Tuesday on her Facebook page.
“CALLIE OPENED HER EYES, she looked at me and squeezed my hand when asked. She would not let me let go. She was sucking and biting on the tubes, she was trying to talk. Moving her legs. Her toes. SHES BREATHING OVER THE VENT. They have upped some of her sedation and given her several bolus’ of sedation and she’s been fighting it cause she wants to see everyone and everything. They nurse suctioned her mouth out and I told her to tell her thank you, and though she can’t talk with the tubes in, we watched her try to say thank you. THIS IS BIG AND THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!! Miracles are in the works!!”
Pemberton’s post had nearly 3,000 likes and been shared 1,400 times in the first three hours as the community continues to lift up the toddler in their prayers.
One person commented: “This is wonderful news. I don’t know you all, but have been following on Facebook, praise the Good Lord! Sending many prayers.”
The Raceland Police Department said in a press release last week that the toddler was found unresponsive at Foothills Apartments in Wurtland on April 27. Officers said the child was unresponsive when they arrived but was revived after 15 minutes of CPR by first responders.
She was transported to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and later airlifted to the Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where the child was put in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit listed in critical condition, police said.
The child's diagnosis is non-accidental trauma or closed head injury, police said.
Bobby Lee Brantley, 32, of Ashland was arrested on Monday by the Raceland Police Department in connection to the case on the charge of first-degree criminal abuse of a child.
Brantley was lodged at the Greenup County Detention Center.