He is doing well.
Colton Newman, the 3-year-old Polo boy who lost his legs below the knees in a Sept. 16 brush hog accident, is “up and talking,” according to his father, Steve Newman.
Colton is now in the burn unit of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. for skin grafts on his legs. The grafts were successful, so he may go home as early as Friday to recover and heal for two to three months. After that, he will go to a Shriners Hospital for prosthetics, according to his dad.
“He is holding in there like a trooper,” Newman said. “He’s got quite a following [at Children’s Mercy]. He’s received gifts from doctors, because he chats with them. He’s a little talker.”
To help with expenses of Colton’s recovery, a golf tournament in his honor will be hosted at Shirkey Golf Course, Saturday, Oct. 25. The four-person scramble begins at noon. Cost is $100 per player. The Shriners, DHL and Freightliner Select Trucks are sponsors. Golfers can contact club pro Craig Turley at 816-470-2582 to make reservations. An entry form will be printed in The Daily News later this week.
Newman said they plan to have the tournament annually for Colton and other children at Children’s Mercy.
“I ran into parents that are in a lot worse situation than we are,” Newman said. “Some need money to live on, especially with those long visits at the hospital.”
While Newman and his wife, Michelle, have health insurance, they are unsure what bills their health plan will cover.
“The helicopter [Life flight] ride was $15,000, but they saved his life,” Newman said.
An account has been set up at Bank Northwest in Polo for Colton. Donations can be sent to the bank at 305 N. Main, Polo, MO 64671, in care of the Colton Newman account.