NEWS Denver boy fighting for life in Belize after riding accident

Denver boy fighting for life in Belize after riding accident

DENVER — A young boy from Denver is fighting for his life in Belize after a horse riding accident while on vacation.

Denver7 interviewed the mother of 8-year-old Stefan Keryan as she pleaded for help getting him back home to Colorado as soon as possible.

It all started with a fun family vacation, “My family and I took a boat trip to Carnival for the first time and Belize was one of the stops for the day. We planned to go to a monkey sanctuary and the trip included horseback riding,” Stefan said Heidi Keryan, mother of

But things took a horrible turn.

“I heard the yelling and then I looked. I saw this horse coming from where everyone was walking up the trail or wherever it was coming towards us from the road. As it ran by I saw the saddle being It flipped over and my son was being dragged by his feet,” she added. “My oldest daughter and I, you know, started yelling and ran to him as fast as we could. But this horse was really fast.”

Thank goodness someone jumped in the car and pulled the horse over the road, she said. Stefan is fighting for his life in a hospital in Belize. His family is doing everything they can to get him back to Colorado.

Denver boy fighting for his life in Belize after horse-riding accidentfamily seeking help

“He hangs there and if he stays here he won’t make it. People have been amazing to us. We’ve had strangers come to us, cry with us, pray with us, bring us flowers and The food, and the people in the hospital saved his life,” Heidi Keryan said. “Because of them, he’s alive now. But they don’t have the professional care he needs. They don’t have a burn specialist. They don’t have a plastic surgeon on the back of his head. They don’t have the equipment, the medicines, the things he needs to survive and heal.”

“He really wanted to go home. Just this morning, he was crying and begging me to take him home. He just wanted to go home,” Keryan added. “He needs a medical plane with medics that can monitor him and administer his medications, watch his brain activity, all that stuff. So we’re looking at over $40,000.

Kyan family

They started a GoFundMe to pay for getting him home. Heidi asked the community to help save him.

“As a mum, that’s the most critical thing. It’s all I can think about. I’ll do anything to get through this. All I care about is his life. And I know if I can take him to a place with resources place. I don’t want to lose my son. If someone knows someone who will bring him home. That’s fine. I don’t care. I just want him to come home,” she said.

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