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Child injured at Raintree school expected to leave hospital

June 5, 2012

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A 4-year-old boy was expected to be released from Children’s Mercy Hospital Tuesday after an incident at the pool Monday at Raintree Montessori School, 4601 Clinton Parkway.

“He’s fine. He had a good night,” said Lleanna McReynolds, Raintree’s head of school. “All the tests came back fine.”

McReynolds said she had last spoken to the boy’s parents Tuesday morning and that they planned to take him home later in the day.

The boy was flown via LifeStar helicopter ambulance to the Kansas City, Mo., hospital about 5 p.m. Monday. He was playing in the school’s pool when he slipped and hurt his head, McReynolds said. Staff members did remove him from the water. He appeared to be fine, but the school called medics as a precaution.

“We’re just really proud of all the staff and how quickly they took action,” McReynolds said. “It all had the best outcome.”

Comments

middlemgmt 2 years, 6 months ago

So glad that this little one is making a full recovery. I'm sure it was terrifying for the parents and the staff.

d_prowess 2 years, 6 months ago

I am glad to hear the boy is fine, but does anyone else find it strange that Raintree thought the boy was fine and only called medics as a precaution, but then the boy was life-flighted to Children's Mercy? Obviously the trained medics saw something much more concerning than the non-medically trained teachers did, but I am curious as to what that might be.

kef104 2 years, 6 months ago

LMH does not treat head trauma to children, thus the life flight to Children's Mercy was a given. The medics you are referring to also downgraded his injury before even landing at Children's Mercy. So, if you want to make a judgement about Raintree personnel, it would have to be that they were correct and the extra precautions they took were just that, precautions.
What strikes me as strange is that you chastise non medically trained Raintree personnel, insinuating their lack of medical assessment skills was a problem that other preschools would not have. I suggest you tour the facility and talk to their faculty. Then perhaps you could talk to Raintree parents. You will be shocked at how many Raintree families are not only professionals, but medical professionals. All of us applaud Raintree for acting quickly and keeping the child's needs foremost.

d_prowess 2 years, 6 months ago

Take a deep breath, kef104... I was not saying Raintree personnel did anything wrong. I was only curious about what possible problems the boy (or anyone) might have had that trained professionals were worried about. If anything, I was asking the question for my own general education on why you should take any head-hitting incident serious even if the child may look OK.

royalblue 2 years, 6 months ago

Kef104, the careers and life skills of the parents at Raintree are irrelevant in this discussion. We are talking about the actions taken by Raintree staff in this incident. I find it strange that the boy "appeared to be fine" but then Raintree staff reported it to dispatch as a drowning at 4:29pm. Those two facts simply do not correlate.

PennyBrite 2 years, 6 months ago

kctv5 website says: Paramedics rushed to the Raintree Montessori School on a reported drowning call, according to a news release.

The call came in at 4:29 p.m. Once paramedics arrived, they discovered the patient was out of the water.

Paramedics treated the child at the scene. A medical helicopter was dispatched to take the child to Kansas City. The child is expected to survive.

mamaknows 2 years, 6 months ago

So glad this young boy is going to be fine. If you are under the age of 16 Lawrence does not have a pediatric neurologist and you have to see someone in Kansas City. Head injuries can be very complicated and if the brain is bleeding or swelling a patient can quickly go from being fine to life threatening. Meaning you would need a pediatric neurosurgeon fast. So my guess is error on the side of caution so if things do take a bad turn you have the right doctors and equipment available.

PennyBrite 2 years, 6 months ago

YES! don't take chances with a child's health. Better safe than sorry. I'd hope everyone would agree with that! The main thing is that the child is going to be ok from the way it sounds. Thankfully there were some adults around who acted quickly and medical people who could respond quickly.

d_prowess 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks mamaknows. This is what I was curious about.

kef104 2 years, 6 months ago

Raintree has 5 pools, all varying in size to accommodate the different age groups they educate. Also, the playground is completely treed over, offering protection from sun, light rain, and wind. I wish all playgrounds in Lawrence were designed so nicely. You have to see it to realize how nice it is.

sherbert 2 years, 6 months ago

Kids are kids and accidents sometimes happen, despite excellent supervision. Glad the child is okay and hope it doesn't become a big lawsuit. It could happen anywhere.

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