A child injured in an ATV accident in Henderson, Iowa Saturday night is recovering at Creighton University Medical Center. His parents, who spoke exclusively to Channel 6 News, are asking for prayers.
Erik Klindt and his son, four-year-old Kolbe, spent Saturday eating BBQ with friends on a farm in Mills County. He told Channel 6 News the sound of an approaching ATV startled Kolbe, who darted right in front of it.
“The four-wheeler hit Kolbe head on and flipped him up in the air and his body hit the building and then the four-wheeler landed on top of Kolbe,” said Kolbe's mother, Ashley Klindt.
“Erik lifted the 4-wheeler up off of Kolbe,” Ashley said. “Erik said Kolbe was in a ball and there was foam coming out of his mouth and there was blood coming out of his forehead.”
Erik had little time to react and doesn’t blame the driver. “He's a good friend and a good neighbor and it was just an accident that we wish we could take back,” Erik said.
Kolbe's injuries are severe. His parents explained that Kolbe has a brain bleed and his eye sockets, nose and forehead are fractured. As of Monday, the four-year-old is in critical but stable condition.
“He goes ‘Mommy, Daddy I love you,’" said Ashley. "And then he went back to sleep and at that point, you knew right then and there everything is going to be alright. You knew right then and there everything is going to be OK.”
The Mills County Sheriff's Office is in charge of the investigation. In the meantime, the family says medical expenses are mounting. The helicopter ride alone cost $26,000.
Donations can be made in Kolbe Klindt's name at all Rolling Hills Bank and Trust locations.