As 3-year-old Sam Jacobs continues to rally nicely from accidental throat and tonsil injuries suffered last weekend, relatives are collecting money at several Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes region stores to help defray the costs incurred from his hospitalization in Boston, they said Tuesday.
Sam “is doing outstandingly,” said his mother, East Millinocket resident Racheal Jacobs, during a telephone interview Tuesday from Boston Children’s Hospital.
Sam was moved Tuesday from the intensive care unit to a hospital floor where ear, nose and throat cases are handled. He remains on intravenous fluids to help keep him hydrated but has been able to eat and drink somewhat with the help of anti-nausea medications, his mother said. The swelling in his throat has reduced significantly.
“He finally ate some pancakes today. He had a milkshake, and when he was done, he wanted more,” Jacobs said. “He is doing awesomely.”
Sam was hurt when he and his sister, Brieanne Powers, began wrestling on the floor of their Silverwood Court apartment at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and Brieanne stood and said, “Sammie has a pencil in his mouth!”
The green coloring pencil had punctured his right tonsil and lodged near his carotid artery, his mother said. He was rushed from Millinocket Regional Hospital to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor before being taken to Boston. He was upgraded to fair condition Monday after being in critical condition the night before, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Sam may be released Wednesday or Thursday, depending on his continued progress, his mother said.
In the meantime, her first cousins, sisters Tammi and Traci Thompson, have placed collection cans at Country Diner, Lennie’s Superette and Maryanne’s Market, all along Route 157 in Medway, and Lounsbury’s Shop & Save in East Millinocket. Workers at Why Not Stop on Route 6 in Lincoln also are collecting money for the family, Tammi Thompson said.
Racheal Jacobs’ father has established the Fund for Sam Jacobs, c/o East Millinocket Federal Credit Union, 60 Main St., East Millinocket 04430, for anyone who wants to contribute, Tammi Thompson said.
When the accident occurred, Racheal Jacobs had time to grab only what supplies were handy before the ambulance took Sam to the hospital, she said.
That leaves them in Boston without changes of clothes, money for food or lodging, or other essentials, Jacobs said.
“Sammy has zero clothes,” Jacobs said. “Food is a huge thing. Every meal comes from a restaurant, and this stuff ain’t cheap. Not here. It’s absolutely ridiculous how expensive things are here.”
With Boston about six hours away, taking Jacobs the necessary supplies isn’t economical, Tammi Thompson said, and when news of the accident circulated, people flooded her with donations, including toys and money, and urged her to start collections. At least $170 has been raised so far, she said.
“It’s a very giving community. People have been really nice,” Thompson said.