A 13-year-old New Jersey boy gravely injured in a tornado that killed his parents at a Virginia campsite last month has died, NBC affiliate WAVY confirmed with officials at the hospital that had cared for him.
The hospital said Lheandrew Balatbat died Saturday. He had been in a coma since the July 23 tornado devastated the area near his family's campsite at Cherrystone Campground along the Chesapeake Bay.
The boy's parents, Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega, both 38, were killed when a tree fell on their tent as they slept. Lheandrew Balatbat's 11- and 6-year-old sisters were injured, but not critically.
The family went camping every year and had been to that campsite in the past, friends told NBC 4 New York.
Aerial footage from an NBC affiliate showed a swath of destruction as trees were toppled, tents and cabins crumpled and RV campers were blown on their sides when the tornado roared through. Thirty-one people were hospitalized. About 1,300 were staying at the campground.
Lord Balatbat was a manager at a Walgreens drugstore in Jersey City, and Ortega was a lab technician.