Community rallies around 7-year-old boy hospitalized by flu

Published: Feb. 4, 2018 at 9:31 AM CST
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A 7-year-old Waukee boy remained hospitalized with the flu Saturday night, and the community rallied around him.

The Waukee YMCA -- where Jaxson Ridout frequently plays basketball -- declared this weekend Jaxson Ridout Weekend after he woke up from a medically induced coma.

Nearly 80 teams from four schools hit the court to play basketball in support of Jaxson.

After a prayer for Jaxson and his family, there was a uniform alteration, adding a sticker to tell the 7-year-old to stay strong.

"They felt one way that we could support right now is through prayer and encouragement, and those are things we can do at the Y and our programs," said Eric Kress, executive director of Waukee Family YMCA.

Jaxson was at the games in spirit after his team printed out a life-sized poster to have on the sideline during his team and his sister's games.

"We wanted to show encouragement for not only him, but his family," Kress said.

Jaxson is doing much better after being hospitalized last Friday for a severe case of influenza A.

After waking from a medically induced coma, he was moved out of the intensive care unit to the pediatric floor on Friday, and now he's able to talk.

He's taking the time to thank people who have been supporting him and his family.

The Ridout family says they are overwhelmed by everyone who has reached out.

"We were just asking for prayers to help our little boy," said Melody Ridout, Jaxson's mother. "Thank you for the prayers. Thank you for the encouraging words. Just thank you for thinking of my son and for putting him on your hearts."

Jaxson's family is calling his recovery a miracle, but they say it's still a long road ahead of them. They are insure yet when he'll be able to come home.

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