A 13-year-old boy is recovering from surgery at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after he suffered major injuries in Sunday’s 6.0 Napa earthquake.
Nicholas (Nicky) Dillon was sleeping near the fireplace in his family’s Napa home when the earthquake hit and the brick chimney collapsed.
“He is doing well,” said his aunt, Carmen Rosales. “He’s stable. And we’re just hoping that continues.”
Carmen spoke with news crews Monday afternoon outside the hospital.
The night of the quake, Nicholas had a friend over to spend the night, according to his aunt. That’s why he was sleeping in the living room. The friend was on a couch; Nicholas on a mattress by the fireplace.
Rosales said the earthquake woke Nicholas up. He was crawling away from the chimney when the bricks came down.
“We were very grateful that it was nothing worse than what it was,” she remarked. “He’s young, he’s energetic. He was able to move, not completely out of the way, but enough to perhaps save his life.”
The 9th grader suffered multiple pelvic fractures, and underwent nearly 10 hours of surgery on Monday to repair the pelvis. Rosales said it may be four months or more before Nicholas will be able to stand up again. But he is handling the whole ordeal with bravery and strength.
“Nicholas said, ‘If I learned anything from this, I learned I will never sleep near a fireplace again,'” Rosales shared.
“Please continue praying for Nicky for his continued speedy recovery,” the aunt concluded. “That’s really what we need.”