FORT MYERS, Fla - A 4-year-old Fort Myers boy needs your help.
Blake Sutor nearly drowned two years ago. Doctors diagnosed him with severe brain damage.
Now, Blake's parents are hoping experimental therapy could help their son, but the cost isn't cheap. The therapy takes place in Fort Lauderdale and costs about $13,000 dollars for six weeks of treatment.
Insurance doesn't pay for it, so Blake's parents are stuck with the bill. This is why the community is pitching in to lend some support.
"People out there care when they see a child in need they come out and help," said Eric Sutor, Blake's dad.
Sutor says the community's support has been overwhelming since his son nearly drowned in their pool two years ago. Blake was in the water for a full five minutes before being rushed to the hospital. Doctors told his parents he was severely brian damaged.
"They didn't give us much hope. When we brought him home from the hospital he was a shell of a child and that's pretty much how they said he was going to be the rest of his life," Eric said.
But in the past two years Blake has worked to defy the odds. After intensive physical therapy he is now walking. He can't talk, but understands what you're saying and reacts. His family is hoping to further his progress with special therapy in Fort Lauderdale.
The therapy is called "Pediasuit", which is a full body suit that triggers the brain to recognize muscle movement so eventually, Blake will be able to balance himself out.
To help pay for it, the community is hosting a yard sale and car wash at Safe Harbor Church on Plantation Road in Fort Myers on Saturday morning, beginning at 7:00 a.m.