PORTLAND, Ore. - The 10-year-old boy injured in Friday's wrong-way crash on I-5 is in “remarkably good shape,” a close family friend said on Sunday morning.
Amy Henson said doctors at OHSU were able to save the boy’s leg after originally fearing they would need to amputate it. He still has severe leg injuries, Henson said.
Henson has visited the boy and his mother, Ericka Gorremans, who is also in critical condition at OHSU. Henson said she and Gorremans are best friends.
Gorremans remains sedated and may not walk for a year due to pelvic injuries, Henson said. She is a single mother of two children and does not work due to disabilities. Her 12-year-old daughter was not involved in the crash.
The 84-year-old driver of the other vehicle has been upgraded to satisfactory condition.
The family started a relief fund at People’s Community Credit Union in Vancouver under Gorremans’ name. It will be available on Monday. Henson said donations will support funeral costs for Henry, the 6-year-old who died, as well as medical needs for Ericka and her son.
The 10-year-old does not yet know that Henry - his cousin, best friend, and roommate - died in the accident, Henson said.