On most calls, we don’t get much information about the final outcome for the patient. Sometimes none at all, which leaves us all wondering what happened after we turned the patient over to the medical professionals. Then we have Jackson and his family… 🙂
His family posted information on our Facebook page almost immediately after the 911 call, once things had calmed down just a bit. His mom, Catherine, went out of her way to reach out to us online and provide updates about Jackson’s condition and his steady improvements. She even “friended” a couple of us, which we gladly accepted. And today, before their “vacation” ended, Jackson and his mom and step-dad were able to stop by the water rescue station for a quick tour and meet some of our members.
Jackson just got out of the hospital a short time ago, and was still a little wobbly (his words, not ours), and lost a little time over the last several days. But he wanted to see the station, and we certainly wanted to meet him!
He is doing quite well, all things considered, and he is a fantastic young man. He has faced some challenges in his life, nearly drowning last Saturday just being the most recent! But he is an absolute joy to talk with, as are his parents. We showed him around the station, and introduced him to all the boats and trucks which he seemed to enjoy. He sat in a couple of the boats, and operated the lights and sirens in one of the trucks. We could have spent all afternoon with him, but they needed to head back to Winston-Salem. Hopefully their next vacation to Oak Island will be a little less memorable!
The GoFundMe campaign to help pay for his hospital visit is ongoing as well. Please donate or share at https://www.gofundme.com/f/jackson-boswell-oakislandstrong
Jackson, it was truly a joy to meet you. Enjoy that #OKIStrong T-Shirt and make sure to reach out to us on your next visit!