PORTLAND -- He has a long road ahead to heal from his injuries, but Wilson Pelot has taken an important first step. He's home from the hospital.
The 10-year-old Sellwood fourth-grader has some grim reminders of his 40-foot fall from a trail at Silver Falls State Park: a neck brace, a cast, and several scrapes and scratches.
But his spirits have been lifted by a steady stream of visits from friends, many of whom brought hand-written cards and letters.
"Now he's going to be recovering from his spinal process fracture, his wrist fracture, and the lacerations of the spleen," said Liam Pelot, Wilson's father. He and his wife are just grateful that Wilson survived the fall.
It happened last Sunday at the popular park. Wilson and his dad were hiking, and the boy stopped to rest. When he leaned against a railing, marked by yellow caution tape, the railing gave way, and Wilson went over the edge.
"It's your worst nightmare come true," said Liam Pelot. He said the shock lasted only a moment, then he realized he had to help his son. He raced down to the water's edge to scoop up Wilson and carry him back to the trail to wait for help.
Wilson spent several days at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, where he was in the intensive care unit.
Liam Pelot has praised the efforts of the park staff and first responders who helped his son. But he also said he has contacted a lawyer.
"We have to make sure that all of our options are open," said Liam Pelot. "Because we don't know where we are with our insurance company and our expenses, and what our out of pocket's going to be."
In the meantime, the family is just happy that their child is back home, where he belongs.