Statement from Baeley Scott's Family

08/01/03    Portland, Ore.

Six-year-old Baeley Scott of Keizer is improving and is in fair condition in Doernbecher Children's Hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Baeley nearly drowned yesterday while swimming in the pool at the YMCA mini-camp at Silver Creek Falls. He's now able to breathe on his own without the help of a machine, to talk and to give his family the "thumbs up" sign. Baeley's family is optimistic he will make a full recovery because he's a fighter and they know this will help him pull through.

His dad says they call him their firecracker because of his red hair, fighting spirit and he was born on July 4, 1997.

The Scotts thank everyone who came to Baeley's aid. In particular, the two YMCA lifeguards who pulled him out of the water, the YMCA volunteers who rushed to revive him, Silverton Hospital staff who made the quick decision to have him transferred to Doernbecher and the Life Flight and Doernbecher health care teams.

The YMCA staff have visited the Scotts at Doernbecher, providing wonderful support to the family. The Scotts will continue to enroll Baeley and his sister in camp at the YMCA because they believe it's a valuable community service. They believe this was just a freak accident.

Baeley's dad Rob, mom Heike and 13-yr-old sister Amber are staying by his side as he recovers. They are not interested in doing any interviews and would appreciate reporters respecting their wishes.

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