FORT MYERS, Fla. - For Eric Sutor and Trina Hadley, the last five and a half weeks have been a challenge. "It's a feeling I don't want anybody to go through...indescribable," said Sutor.
In one picture, Hadley holds her son for the first time in fifteen days.
Two-year-old Blake feeds from a tube five times a day, and needs occupational therapy to bring back his motor skills.
Progress is slow. He suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen after falling into a backyard pool in April. "He was a very happy kid, always smiling always running, always doing something," said Sutor. "He's like a newborn baby right now, more or less."
Sutor and Hadley say they turned their attention from Blake for only a few minutes that night in April when they all went swimming. "Blake went outside to play in the sandbox, we decided to come inside and put a movie on for him. He decided to come inside but went to the ladder and went up the ladder," said Sutor. "When I go back to that day, it's hearing the scream, her yelling for me, and seeing my son in the condition he was in. That's what comes back in my mind, everything else is a blur."
Doctors told them had Sutor not given Blake CPR on the spot, Blake may have died.
Last week, Blake smiled for the first time since the accident - a moment Sutor and Hadley will perhaps cherish forever, knowing how close they came to losing their son.
"I feel very hopeful that I will have the old blake back one day, it's going to take time and patience," said Hadley.
According to the Children's Hospital, the Lee Memorial Health System treated 35 near-drownings in 2009.
Blake's family has set up an account at Regions Bank under the name Blake Sutor for donations to help with medical costs.