UNION, KY (FOX19) - A 13-year-old Hamilton boy who was seriously hurt when a tree fell onto his tent at Camp Michaels is showing signs of improvement, his family tells FOX19 NOW.
The accident happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday on the north end of the camp, according to Dean Beard Council Scout Executive Director Tom Dugger.
Another scout in the tent with Max Kramer quickly came to his aid. The children were at the camp for leadership training.
The Scout covered Max with his sleeping bag to keep him from going into shock and then ran for help, Dugger said.
"The Scouts and leaders, especially his bunkmate, responded so exemplary, with clear heads and compassionate hearts," said his father, Michael Kramer.
"If not for their fast thinking and teamwork we're confident Max would be far worse. ....his bunkmate kept him calm and engaged while multiple adults, including police and fire personnel, removed the tree from my son's body. He laid under that tree nearly 15 minutes.
Max initially had life threatening injuries, according to his grandfather, but he is now listed in stable condition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
"He's doing much, much better," said retired Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Kramer.
"The miracles involved are incredible. At 3:30 a.m., we were hoping he survived. By 8 p.m., he was out of the woods (no pun intended) and moving to a regular room.
"He is in severe pain, but his blood counts are getting better; faster than they anticipated," Lt. Kramer said. "You would hardly know he was in pain to look at him. It is almost like he has compartmentalized it and you have to ask him if how bad it is."
Max already has asked his doctor if he can attend summer camp again, and the doctor agreed.
"He had a significant spleen injury, and some pulmonary contusions bilaterally," his father said.
"Max will make a full recovery, though he will likely miss the bulk of his football season. Small sacrifice to have him still with us."
The family also released the following statement:
"Our son Max is in stable condition after suffering a serious injury to his spleen and bruising to his lungs. He is recovering at Cincinnati Children's and is expected to make a full recovery.
Max was injured while attending a Boy Scout leadership camp at Camp Michaels in Northern Kentucky. Around 3 a.m. on June 14, Max and his bunk mate were sleeping in a small tent when a tree suddenly collapsed on top of Max. It fell across his body diagonally from his right thigh to his left shoulder, pinning him to his cot.
His bunk mate quickly administered first aid and ran to get help from his nearby scouts and scout leaders. They notified first responders, who were nearby and arrived within minutes.
Together, they were able to lift the tree off Max and get him to the hospital.
We are so very thankful to all of the scouts, scout leaders, sheriff deputies, firefighters and first responders who rendered aid to our son. Their quick response resulted in our son having such a positive outcome.
This camp was to teach the scouts about leadership. Their reaction to helping our son was an example of how to be a leader and we are forever grateful."
Max will be an eighth grader at Queen of Peace in Hamilton in the fall.
He comes from a family with a long history of public service.
His grandfather and late great-grandfather are both Cincinnati police veterans. Retired Lt. Kramer is the executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.
Max's father is a Sycamore Township paramedic. His mother is a trauma nurse at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.