Baby Carter to return to NZ for tests
A baby who fell seven metres on to a marble floor in a tragic accident which killed his grandmother is recovering well but will soon return to New Zealand for further assessments.
Carter Preston was just four days old when he and his grandmother went tumbling over the stair rail in his father's home in Vietnam, plummeting seven metres on to the marble floor below.
Julie Ferne died less than an hour later and her sixth grandchild was rushed to hospital in a critical condition with bleeding on his brain.
Carter's parents Phil and Chau feared for the worst but are relieved to see their baby going from strength to strength since the accident in August last year.
"He's healthy, putting on weight and growing really well. He's doing everything he should be doing at this stage," Mr Preston said.
His parents, however, are waiting for his first smile and say he so far appears to be quite a serious child. "He's got a lot to be serious about," Mr Preston said.
"I'm waiting for him to smile. That's all I want."
The family moved out of their home to an apartment with no stairs shortly after accident.
On doctors' advice, the family will travel to New Zealand in March so further tests, particularly cognitive tests, can be performed.
Doctors told Mr Preston in early September, when he returned home for his mother's funeral, that tests would only be able to reveal any permanent damage when Carter was a few months old.
The family plans to spend two months in Auckland, but it will be bitter-sweet for Chau, because most of her memories from her first trip to New Zealand are of trips her and Ms Ferne took.
Mr Preston and his two brothers established a fund in their mothers name to purchase hospital equipment for Ho Chi Minh Childrens' Hospital, where Carter was treated.
More than $60,000 was raised and the brothers are tin discussions with the hospital about the best way to spend it.