Caleb Doyle, the 15-year-old Raymond HS boy who was seriously burned (Feb. 6), is improving. Saturday Doyle began breathing on his own. He is still in the Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering third degree burns to the upper part of his body Feb. 6.
“It’s just been amazing; we’re just really fortunate,” Chrissy Doyle, Caleb’s mother, told the Herald. “He is off the ventilator as of Friday. “It’s like a blessing – a mini milestone, a step in the right direction. It’s a really slow healing process. His burns are healing.
Young Caleb could be in Harborview anywhere from 2 to 2½ months. He had a second surgery last Tuesday (Feb. 19).
“He is just becoming a little conscious because of the lessoning effects of the sedations,” Chrissy said. “He knows that he’s in a hospital. He can understand a little of what he’s saying. His vocal chords are sore and tired.”
To help defray medical costs for Caleb’s recovery, fundraisers have been established. Last weekend people donated $6,533 (as of Monday at 4:30 p.m.) at sites throughout the harbor. A Krispy Kreme fundraiser for Caleb's family raised $800.
An account for Doyle has been established at all Security State Bank locations, including Raymond, South Bend, Grayland, Pe Ell, Chehalis and Centralia.
A benefit spaghetti dinner being co-sponsored by the American Legion Post 150 and the Elks Lodge #1292 is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 from 4-8 p.m. at the Raymond Elks in historic downtown Raymond.
Rachel Katyryniuk has established a Scentsy fundraiser to help out with finances. Shopping can be conducted by going through her direct or from her website at 42624.scentsy.us
A Mary K fundraiser and a 5K walk/run are also being developed.
To get more information on fundraisers for Doyle, please go to the Get Well Caleb Doyle Facebook page.