SUGARCREEK A 5-year-old boy who was trapped under a neighbor’s garage door Monday afternoon is being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Maciah Yoder was initially placed on life support after being taken there, but began breathing on his own Tuesday evening, according to family friend Jason Corley. A ventilator is set to operate if he stops breathing.
Corley said the accident happened when a group of neighborhood children were playing together at a home on Cherry Ridge Drive.
After the woman who lives at the home was alerted by a child that the door had come down on the boy’s neck, she and two other women tried unsuccessfully to push it up, he said.
Police Capt. Brian Dalton was the first member of the safety forces to arrive, Police Chief Kevin Kaser said Wednesday. Dalton got the door up and freed Maciah before paramedics arrived.
The Sugarcreek Fire Department received a call about the incident at 2:16 p.m. Monday. They took the boy to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover. He went by air ambulance to Akron Children’s.
Corley said Maciah didn’t have a pulse until he got to Union Hospital. He said Wednesday afternoon that the extent of the boy’s injuries is unknown. An MRI that would aid in diagnosis cannot be performed while he is sedated. Doctors are concerned about the pain he would feel without the medication.
Hopeful signs were observed Tuesday evening, Corley said. Maciah, the son of Michael and Karen Yoder, moved his legs when his three older brothers…