The 10-year-old boy who fell on Mount Hood this week has a long recovery ahead. Cole Hancock is in a coma with three skull fractures, but his father says he's showing signs of improvement and the family is praying for a full recovery.
Cole was camping in the White River Canyon area when he tripped and tumbled 50 feet down a steep hill, falling through trees and brush. An overnight rescue took six hours late Tuesday.
His dad was worried when Cole started vomiting blood. He's opened his eyes once and was able to move his body at times. Still, doctors aren't sure of the long-term effects.
"I want him to be in 5th grade this year. I want him to be able to talk without a speech therapist. Those are my hopes," said father Kim Hancock.
He says Cole is a pretty well-rounded kid who loves playing the piano, swimming, tennis and math. He also thanked rescuers for getting his son out of the canyon and into a helicopter. Kim just joined the National Guard and the family is thankful to have insurance for the first time since 2008.