Toddler critically injured in Lake Shore Drive shooting ‘alert and active’, hospital says


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CHICAGO — The 22-month-old boy who was injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive earlier this month is “alert and active,” doctors say.

Kayden Swann was shot in the head on April 6 during a road rage incident on Lake Shore Drive.

The boy was taken to the pediatric intensive care unit at Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

At a press conference on Monday, a Lurie doctor said that after two weeks in intensive care, Kayden is “breathing on his own with support.”

“After more than two weeks in intensive care, Kayden Swann, now 22 months old, was extubated and is breathing on her own with assistance.

He was transferred out of our pediatric intensive care unit. Kayden moves spontaneously and continues to be very responsive to treatment, alert and active. We are optimistic about his continued recovery.

We are delighted to report this very good result after such a serious head injury. He continues on a very positive trajectory, and I expect him to have a good road ahead of him. I am grateful to the expert surgeons, doctors, nurses and therapists who provided 24-hour trauma care in Kayden. Also, thank you to our team of social workers and Family Services staff for supporting Kayden’s family during this difficult time.

This is very good news for Kayden and his family, and for all of us as we battle ongoing incidents of gun violence.

Marcelo Malakooti, ​​MD, Deputy Chief Physician and Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit , Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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