A 3-year-old boy underwent surgery Saturday at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas following a boating accident Thursday evening on Lake Ray Hubbard.
The game warden says Aiden McKitrick was playing on the boat deck when he fell into the water and was hit by the boat’s propeller.
He injured his leg and abdomen. Aiden's father, who is a Lewisville firefighter, pulled him out of the water.
“Aiden's going to have a lifetime of challenges. He's got some injuries that will affect him the rest of his life. He's going to have therapies, surgeries and medical expenses,” said Assistant Chief Mark McNeal with the Lewisville Fire Department.
Since the accident, Aiden’s fellow firefighter family has come to the rescue in a different way.
“We're going to be right there in the waiting room. If they need food, if they need errands run, if they need anything, we've got it,” said McNeal.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account that has already raised thousands of dollars to help with Aiden’s recovery.
Officials say the tragic accident highlights the dangers of going overboard.
“What happens is if someone does happen to fall off the front of the boat that is moving, they're going to go right underneath the boat, and then there's a propeller that's at the end of the boat,” said Martin Oviedo, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Despite Aiden’s serious injuries, supporters are praying for a full recovery.
No foul play is suspected and no citations have been issued. Officials say the boy was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.