Luke Wayne Killough, the 2-year-old who was pulled unconscious from a Kilgore hotel hot tub this week, has fought another 24 hours at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas while in a coma.
At about 1 p.m. Sunday, his sister, Tabitha Killough, 4, put on goggles and tried to pull her brother from the hot tub when he was floating head down. The father, Scott Killough, who was fixing a bottle for his infant child, performed CPR, and Luke finally gained consciousness at Christus Good Shepherd ER in Kilgore.
Chris Helms, an uncle who has helped raise the two children while they were out of town working over the years, said Thursday by phone from Dallas that Luke is still fighting.
“He has minimum functions. He’s taking a breath on his own every minute,” Helms said. “But he’s still fighting. So he has another 24 hours so we can see how he does.”
The boy’s mother, Dominique Killough, said on Tuesday the hospital staff has prepared the family for the worst.
“He is probably not going to wake up. If he does, he would have minimal breathing ability,” she said. “They are preparing us for a ventilator supporting him the rest of his life. But once he goes brain dead, they would pronounce him dead and they would take him off the ventilator so he doesn’t have to spend another minute longer here than he has to.
“We are just trying to keep him as comfortable as possible at this point and let him heal if he could heal. Or let him go if he has to go,” she added.
The family said they had lived in Kilgore, but working out of town they have been staying with family in Henderson. Scott Killough had their three children at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Kilgore for a mini-vacation Sunday.
The parents said the children always wear flotation gear at the pool, but they had not put it on yet as they had just arrived.