A look back at how your donations to the Crusade helped a Louisville family


by WHAS11


Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 4:39 PM

A parent’s worst nightmare is watching their child being injured and not being able to stop it. One local father did just that.

10 years ago today, Steve Boutell watched as his son was hit by a car in a school crosswalk. The trauma of the day as been helped, thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
"I got out of the car as fast as I could and ran to where he was laying in the street, unconscious at the time,” Steve Boutell said. “Passersby and other parents who were there, several of them called 9-1-1 and the ambulance came."

Boutell’s son, Jonah, was rushed to Kosair Children’s Hospital. Jonah’s mother, Heather Boutell, came to the hospital to see her son.

"He was comatose for six days.  He didn't wake up.  So we would just pray..let him wake up,” Heather Boutell said. “Let him wake up and when he did his eyes were crossed from the brain injury.  So many of his bones were broken.  So we knew it was going to be a long recovery."

Jonah Boutell made a miracle recover, but had to be placed in a body cast because of all his broken bones. To move him around, nurses and his family used a wheelchair provided through Crusade grants.

Three weeks after the incident, Jonah Boutell was able to go home in time for Halloween.

"Random people would come knock on our door and say we want to see Jonah,” his mother said. “He's a miracle.  That was a little overwhelming for all of us it was true."

Jonah Boutell is a happy, healthy sophomore at DuPont Manual High School where he plays trumpet in the marching band, having completely recovered from his injuries.

His mother said that everyone’s efforts on behald of the Crusade made all the different for the Boutell family when it mattered most.

"Everywhere we went in the hosptial we would see signs that said funded by the Crusade, she said. “We were very aware of that.  Just everything in the physical therapy room, the balls he worked with, the room itself."