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Large community turnout at prayer vigil service for hospitalized Cazenovia boy

Local 10-year-old continues to improve after falling down a well on Oct. 26

Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The Thompson family and close friends have been updating the community daily on Charlie’s condition using the website thompsonfamilyupdate.wordpress.com. While the Thompsons remained with their son at the hospital and did not attend the prayer service, Charlie’s mother Rosemary wrote on the blog, “We were very humbled to see pictures of the vigil and know that there are so many sharing time, love and energy with Charlie.” She added that the Tibetan Healing Monks — who have been traveling around Central New York in recent days — visited Charlie in the hospital and offered a healing service “which was uplifting and soothing for everyone.”

Family friend and blog monitor Juliane posted on Oct. 30 just two hours after the prayer service ended, “Thank you so much to all of you who came to the prayer vigil tonight! We are blown away by the amazing community we live in and the way that you all support each other.”

She wrote that the family’s Wordpress webpage had received more than 10,000 views in the few days it had been active, “and that in itself is powerful and something positive for us to focus on.”

Thompson remains in critical but stable condition today at Golisano Children’s Hospital after falling down an 18-foot well on Saturday, Oct. 26, while playing hide-and-seek at a Halloween party. Thompson, who sustained major internal injuries but only minor external injuries, is making slow but steady positive improvements and “continues to impress the doctors with his strength,” said a blog post.

As of Sunday, Nov. 3, the family posted that Charlie “has made rapid improvements and has dramatically surpassed expectations,” but had hit a small setback after developing a minor bout of pneumonia.

“The nurses and doctors are amazed that a small 10-year-old boy can take enough sedative to last two hours and wake up after 10 minutes! Repeatedly! Charlie is strong, determined and pushing himself to recover. The rest of us are trying to keep up with him,” according to the Nov. 3 post.

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