EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - 8/31/13:
(WEAU) -- 4-year-old Jacob Schultz's family said their little boy has died. He was pulled from Lake Altoona on Tuesday and was taken to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
According to a message posted by Jacob's family on the Facebook page 'Prayers for Jacob Lee Schultz' (1:38 a.m.):
"Well it really hurts to say this, but this will be the final update on Jacob. Jacob had a real bad morning and took a turn for the worse. His lungs got worse and wasn't delivering enough oxygen to other organs which in turn was damaging them and they were shutting down. They gave him an MRI and that showed us that most of his brain was dead and could not be repaired. So due to that, his chances were very very small, and if he had survived he would have no quality of life. Pretty much stay where he was in a coma. We as parents had to make a decision that no parent should have to make for their child so at 10:56 August 30, 2013, Jacob Lee Schultz went to a better place. On our behalf we can't even begin to show or say how we really feel about the thanks we have for each and everyone of you that prayed, viewed, liked, shared, helped, loved, supported and much much more for Jacob and our family."
UPDATE: A benefit account has been set up in Jacob's behalf at RCU. Donations can be made at any RCU branch. Account name "benefit for Jacob Lee Schultz"
Mayo hospital in Rochester, Mn says Jacob's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -
We're learning more about the condition of the boy who was unconscious when he was pulled from Lake Altoona Tuesday afternoon.
The aunt of Jacob Lee Schultz, 4, of Cornell says her nephew has brain damage, but that the family doesn't know the extent of it yet. She says he also has severely damaged lungs, and has been having seizures, but that "everything is still up in the air yet." She says the family is waiting to learn more.
Schutlz was pulled from Lake Altoona around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Crews responded, and found him unconscious underwater. Altoona Police say bystanders pulled him out of the water, and that he was not breathing. A park ranger started CPR on him. Emergency crews resuscitated Schultz. He was taken to the hospital in Eau Claire, then flown to a hospital in Rochester, MN. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was listed in Critical Condition.
Jacob's family has created a Facebook page, Prayers for Jacob Lee Schultz. You can find it by clicking on the link below.