Father recounts 10-year-old son’s Mount Hood fall

A photo of 10-year-old Cole Hancock on Mount Hood. Hancock was hiking with his father Tuesday, July 23, 2013, when he slipped and fell 150-feet. (Oregon Health & Science University)
A photo of 10-year-old Cole Hancock on Mount Hood. Hancock was hiking with his father Tuesday, July 23, 2013, when he slipped and fell 150-feet. (Oregon Health & Science University)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 10-year-old boy who fell 150-feet on Mount Hood Tuesday night remains in serious condition at a Portland hospital.

Kim Hancock, father of 10-year-old Cole, speaks to reporters at Oregon Health & Science University on Thursday, July 25, 2013. On Tuesday, Cole was hiking with his father when he fell 150 feet. (OHSU)
Kim Hancock, father of 10-year-old Cole.  (OHSU)

At a Thursday morning news conference at Oregon Health & Science University, Kim Hancock, the father of Cole, recounted the agonizing wait for rescuers.

Hancock slipped on a steep slope while on a sunset hike with his father near White River West Sno-Park.  Hancock called 911 at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. He took care of his son for hours and kept a fire burning to guide rescuers. Cole was not airlifted off of Mount Hood until nearly 3 a.m. Wednesday.

“He tripped, and head over heels, and his poor little body was just tumbling… and it wasn’t steep enough that I was sprinting to get to him,” Kim Hancock said.

Hancock remains in the intensive care unit at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. According to his father, he suffered some small internal bleeding and three skull fractures.

“They’ve checked his spine and the things that are immediately important, and everything’s come back pretty clean,” Hancock said.

“There’s still a lot of questions… One of the impacts on his head, they’re concerned about speech… Without the breathing tube being out, without a couple days down, we really don’t know if he’ll have speech issues.”

Doctors were planning to remove his breathing tube sometime Thursday.

“You go through a lot of emotional moments, of anger, blame, they come and go. I wish the staff would give me something to put me to sleep forever, at least until he’s better.”

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