6-year-old seriously injured in rock climbing accident in Snohomish County – KIRO 7 News Seattle

INDEX, Wash. — A little boy is facing a long and difficult recovery from a devastating rock climbing accident in Snohomish County.

Witnesses said Hank Purchase, 6, was hiking with his family when a large boulder suddenly rolled down an embankment, hitting him in the head.

Hank was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

He is still in critical condition two days after the accident. Additionally, Hank’s father told KIRO 7 that his son may need to have part of his skull removed.

He added that his son is really happy when he is hiking outdoors.

“He’s seen a lot and he likes to visit new places all the time,” Brett Purchase said. “He’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and he always loves being close to his mum and dad.”

Following Sunday’s accident, Hank Purchase was hit directly in the head and immediately lost consciousness.

From there, a groundswell of fellow climbers banded together to save the life of this little adventurer.

This group included a retired firefighter, as well as an off-duty trauma nurse.

“I think when something happens to a person, people come together. I’ve seen this with other people’s accidents as well,” noted Brett Purchase.

Before many expensive surgeries, a family friend set up this GoFundMe page to help with Hank’s recovery.

“Obviously (the family members) are going to need some help, so it’s great to see everyone pitching in,” said Saign Charlestein, the organizer of Hank’s GoFundMe page.

Doctors are currently waiting for the swelling in Hank’s brain to subside before proceeding with surgery.

As heartbreaking as it was to see his baby boy so seriously injured, Hank’s father said the response from the community has been downright spectacular.

“They’re coming out for him and showing their support for him, and that means the world to us,” he said.

Virginia F. Goins