PORTLAND -- The boy seriously hurt Tuesday in a fall on Mount Hood suffered three skull fractures and was still in a coma Thursday, but his father said he was showing signs of improvement.

Cole Hancock was camping with his father Kim in the White River Canyon area when he fell 50 feet down an embankment. Kim Hancock called 911 at about 9 p.m. and crews were able to get his son out of the area six hours later.

Background: Boy hurt in 50-foot fall camping on Mt. Hood

Kim Hancock said Thursday morning that Cole was improving. He opened his eyes once and he was able to move his body at times, but he was still in serious condition.

He said the doctors couldn t yet tell what the long-term effects would be.

We really don t know if he ll have speech issues. It s just that that part of his brain was impacted, so it s suspicious, he said.

He said his son is a trooper and the family is praying for a full recovery. He also thanked rescuers for their help getting him out of the canyon and onto a LifeFlight helicopter.


KGWReporter Art Edwards contributed to this report.

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