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Jul 6, 2012 2:51 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Kalispell boy hit by fireworks recovering in Spokane

KALISPELL- A Kalispell boy was airlifted to a Washington hospital after being hit in the face with a firework in Hungry Horse on Wednesday night.

Caleb Kingery, 10, was watching fireworks with his mom and grandfather along U.S. Highway 2 in Hungry Horse when he was hit.

The blast broke both of his orbitals, as well as his nasal cavities and a number of bones in his face. Caleb also suffered a big dent in his forehead and the blast bruised one of his retinas.

Kingery's mother, Monica, said he was taken to North Valley Hospital where he became unresponsive. He was then airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where Kingery says her son's condition began to improve.

Doctors tell Kingery the broken bones are not pushing on his brain, as originally suspected and bleeding has been minimal. Kingery says Caleb was awake, alert and talking on Friday and was also able to open one of his eyes.

Caleb still has a lot of swelling on his face, and doctors will not operate on him until it goes down-which will likely be sometime next week.

Kingery tells us even though her son was transported to Sacred Heart, she believes the initial efforts made by North Valley hospital are what saved her son's life.

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