Dousman boy in medically-induced coma after getting hit by a school bus

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-03 16:49:41-04

Family, friends and community members gathered together Friday to pray for a little boy hit by a school bus in Dousman.

Camdin Hellmich was struck while riding his bike to school Thursday. He was sent to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee where he went into a medically-induced coma.

While his family sits with him at the hospital, his friends and classmates back in town are trying to send their positive thoughts and prayers to the little boy during a prayer vigil in Cory Park in downtown Dousman.

"He'a holding his own which is good and he's strong and he's a fighter," said his grandma Joyce Wildman.

His grandmother left his hospital bed to be with the community Friday to ask for people to keep Camdin in their thoughts.

"We just need lots and lots of prayers," she said.

But the community is doing even more. A donation jar has popped up at Chamberlain's Flowers, the local flower and ice cream shop.

"They're going to have lots of hospital expenses so it will all go to the family," said shop owner Jane Pennycuff. "That's kinda how we do this here in town."

Camdin is an avid go-kart racer. His grandma came to the vigil wearing a shirt with his racing picture on it. Many people brought pictures of him racing.

"We keep telling him he got the checkered flag two years in a row in the championship, he's going to get the championship in this," Wildman said.

Some of his classmates have written get well cards and made signs to send to the hospital. Grandma can't wait to read them to Camdin when he wakes up.Camdin when he wakes up.

"He's going to pull through," Wildman said.

Earlier in the day Friday, the middle school made counselors available to students following the accident. The bus that hit Camdin had students on it. The accident is still under investigation. 

A GoFundMe page has been created for Camdin and his family. To make a donation, click here.