Christopher Matherne and his family were prevented from evacuating their Houma home due to the seriousness of the teenager’s condition – and when Ida struck on August 29, the 911 lines went down, reported WSDU.
“His health deteriorated within days,” the boy’s mother, Kristi Matherne, told the outlet. “We were afraid of losing him on the couch. “
The teenager’s parents looked after him, checking his vital signs, in the aftermath of the hurricane which also severely damaged their home.
“It’s been a snowball effect of bad things,” Kristi said. “I never thought it would happen at this level. “
Finally, five days later, on September 3, the Mathernes called 911 and their son was rushed to hospital.
Christopher was taken to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, according to the report.
He spent 24 days in an induced coma to give his lungs a chance to heal, but other complications arose, according to a GoFundMe page created for his family.
While in hospital, the boy received 39 blood and platelet transfusions.