(BARRINGTON) The condition of an 11-year-old boy who was seriously injured Friday when he was struck by a Metra train has improved, according to an official for the school district where the boy is enrolled.
Dominic Szymanski, a student at The Hough School in northwest suburban Barrington, still needs several more surgeries, though his condition has “stabilized,” said Barrington 220 School District spokesman Jeff Arnett.
“Remarkably, he is in extremely good condition considering the gravity of the accident,” Arnett said Saturday evening. “Very few people survive a train accident and he will survive. Doctors are fully confident.”
The Union Pacific Northwest train was en route to Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago when it struck the boy about 6:05 p.m., Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.
Dominic was struck while crossing the tracks at Illinois Route 59, just north of Lake Cook Road, Barrington police said.
The extant of the boy’s injuries are unclear at this time. Doctors, school district officials and Dominic’s parents are closely guarding specifics of the boy’s condition.
The school district scrubbed specific references to Dominic’s injuries from its social media accounts because officials are afraid word of the boy’s injuries could get back to Dominic and lower his morale, Arnett said.
“What we understand from the doctors and the family is that they are trying to keep him stable. There are some additional surgeries he has to undergo … (and) they don’t want any news or information that may be upsetting to him to destabilize his condition,” said Arnett.
“His condition is stable, but doctors now ask that the extent of his injuries remain discreet until he can be informed in a caring and careful way,” Arnett wrote in a statement to District 220 parents.
Arnett is unsure if the boy was alone at the time he was injured, but several witnesses saw the accident unfold and rushed to his side to provide first aid until paramedics arrived.
Anna Shilov said her husband grabbed towels from Salon Shea — the salon across from Barrington Train Station where he works — and tended to the boy after a passerby ran into the business and sought his help.
Paramedics took the boy to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital where he remains.
Barrington police would not comment on the accident on Saturday.
Arnett said the greater Barrington community has been very supportive.
“It really been gratifying to watch that throughout the day,” said Arnett.
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