OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Little Sebastion Johnson is out of intensive care now and starting what is going to be a long, long rehabilitation program.
The 4-year-old suffered severe injuries in a tumble down a cliff at Bodega Head November 10, during a family picnic.
The boy is still unable to speak but his mother described what happened the day of the accident.
The family was picnicking at a familiar spot. Jamie Guglielmino remembers she was having fun throwing rocks with her son mere seconds before his fall.
“I bent down to pick up a rock, and he bent down to pick up a rock. He got his rock first,” she said. “By the time I turned around to tell him not to go near the edge, he was already stepping off of it, trying to throw a rock.”
Sebastion’s tiny body plummeted 230 feet off Bodega Head. His puffy jacket was the only thing protecting his fragile body from the rocky shore below.
“I was screaming, ‘my baby, my baby,'” recalls Guglielmino. “I dove for him… I was 6 inches away from catching his hood. I watched him tumble and fall down the cliff bank.”
She still has nightmares about it. “It was terrifying,” she said.
Sebastion landed in the tidal pools, nestled between two rocks.
Thanks to the firefighters’ quick rescue work, Sebastian survived the 21-story fall but his life is forever changed.
Saturday, doctors at Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland put him in a wheelchair. His arm and leg are broken and he struggles just to hold up his head. Doctors are still unsure whether he suffered any brain damage.
“The hardest part is seeing him in so much pain and not being able to do much about it,” said his mom.
She and his grandma stay at Sebastion’s side. In the days since the fall, signs of hope he will recover keep them going.
“He’s my miracle baby,” said Guglielmino.
For the first time since the fall, behind his bandages, Sebastion gave a small smile. For the family, that’s a sign their little boy will be back to his playful self soon enough.
To help pay for his mounting medical bills, Sebastion’s family has set up a Go Fund Me campaign online. By Saturday afternoon, they had raised more than $1000.
His mom is especially optimistic. “Sebastion is going to get better. We aren’t sure how much better, but he is going to get better.”
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