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Community rallies for Rockland boy whose hand was severed

Photo courtesy of Get Well Rally & Fundraiser for Noah!
Photo courtesy of Get Well Rally & Fundraiser for Noah!
5-year-old Noah is at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday, July 2, 2012, after his hand was severed in a Rockland accident last week.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Contributions and well wishes are pouring in for the family of a young boy whose hand was severed in a freak accident last week.

A friend of the boy’s grandmother has created a Web page for people to donate money to help with expenses the family is incurring while the 5-year-old is at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

In addition, a local restaurant has scheduled a benefit for the family.

Cassie Carey, a friend of the boy’s grandmother, said she was very excited by the response thus far to the Web page,

“This is for people who may not be able to go to the benefit or who live away but want to help. The power of the Internet is pretty cool,” Carey said.

People have pledged $4,310 since the website was created last week. The site also provides updates on the boy’s condition.

“Noah is resting comfortably in critical, yet stable, condition. He is still intubated and in a light but constant sedation. The hand surgery as far as reattachment has been a success but it will be months before any (if any) movement can be expected,” the site stated on Monday. “What an amazing resilient little guy.”

The boy’s hand was severed when a jump-rope he had tied around his wrist and the other end of the rope dangling out a car window got caught on a moving car.

The Trackside Station restaurant in Rockland has organized a Get Well Rally & Fundraiser for Noah from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the restaurant at Union and Pleasant streets.

The evening will include musical entertainment by Stefan Low, a raffle featuring donated prizes, an auction, and a 50/50 raffle. A portion of sales of food and bar service at the restaurant also will go to benefit the child.

The Trackside notes that people also can stop by any TD Bank branch to donate to the Noah Keene Support Fund.

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