Toddler Hit by SUV Is Back in ICU

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011  |  Updated 5:38 AM PDT
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Toddler Hit by SUV Is Back in ICU

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The Oceanside boy who was hit by an unlicensed teen drunk driver has suffered a setback, and is back in intensive care.

Izaiah Wallis' grandmother wrote on a website dedicated to the boy that he suffered a collapsed lung on Saturday, and is fighting pneumonia.

has made a significant recovery and will get help from the local community to pay for medical expenses.

The 22-month-old boy who was supposed to leave Rady Children's Hospital this week.

Izaiah was in a stroller being pushed by his grandfather Abraham Verde on Oct. 18 when a teenager drove up on the sidewalk at the 4100 block of Lake Boulevard in Oceanside. The SUV plowed into the pair.

In the crash, Izaiah's spine was separated from his skull. Verde, too, suffered great bodily injury but also survived the incident..
 
After being in a coma and undergoing six surgeries, Izaiah has made progress in his recovery. 

Izaiah's father, Jacob Wallis, said his son was released from critical care in mid-December and surprised doctors with his strength and ability to move. 

The 17-year-old driver of the SUV, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, later admitted in court to drunk driving and causing great bodily injury. The charges included causing paralysis to a child. In November, the teen was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed: a term not to exceed 480 days in the juvenile court systems's youthful offender unit. The county's probation department had recommended a one-year sentence at Camp Barrett.

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