Putnam County deputy's 2-year-old 'doing much better' after falling in pool

Putnam County Sheriff's Office


The 2-year-old son of a Putnam County deputy continues to recover after falling into a pool.

PCSO Deputy Will Whitson's son, Eli, was hospitalized after falling in a pool last week.

"Their little boy practically drowned," the PCSO wrote on a GoFundMe page.

On Monday, the Whitson family was presented with a check from their GoFundMe account that will go toward paying Eli's medical bills.

The sheriff's office shared a photo on Facebook and said, "as you can see, Eli is doing much better!"


Fundraising efforts are underway for a Putnam County deputy's son who fell in a pool this week.

The sheriff's office told FOX 17 News PCSO Deputy Will Whitson received the gut-wrenching call on Wednesday.

Eli, just 2 years old, had fallen into a pool.

"Their little boy practically drowned," the PCSO wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Eli was transported to the hospital by ambulance but was immediately taken by LifeFlight to Erlanger Hospital.

"He has not been responsive and has been on a ventilator. He does have swelling in his brain and believed to have had a seizure on the way over," PSCO wrote.

On Friday, officers said Eli is still "very sick, but he's holding strong and is showing signs of improvement." As of noon on Friday, Eli was considered to be in stable condition. Doctors say his eyes have flickered again and his bloodwork/vitals have come back normal.

Doctors plan to remove his catheter Friday and plan to start allowing him a feeding tube.

The Whitson's have a long journey in front of them. Anyone wishing to help out can donate to the GoFundMe page set up by the sheriff's office. It's seeking $10,000 and a couple thousand has already been raised.

"He does have a good pulse and other blood work and things are getting back to normal rates. He does have some movement but at this time they are not sure if it is him reacting on his own or if it is involuntary.

Right now it is a waiting game for the family. They will do an EEG to see what activity is going on in his brain and hopefully take him off seizure medicine." - PSCO GoFundMe

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