Regina’s boy’s condition is improving after being hit by a drunk driver, family says |

The seven-year-old boy who was struck by a drunk driver on June 21, 2022 in the 200 block of Dalgleish Drive is doing better. He was recently released from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

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Benjamin Dufour suffered a fractured femur, fractured humerus, fractured pelvis, fractured ribs, fractured sternum, skull fractures, and soft tissue damage to the cervical spine. Benjamin’s family confirmed in a written statement that his condition is improving.

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“Ben is now in the pediatric ward at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital,” said Tamara Cherry, a family spokeswoman. “His progress has been really amazing and the doctors are delighted with his progress. Ben has regained consciousness, he can breathe on his own and has been able to communicate. He has started to regain his memory and shows signs of his old personality. His body is beginning to heal and his physical therapy indicates that he has feeling and movement throughout his body.”

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Following the accident, Regina EMS transported Benjamin to Regina General Hospital, where he was stabilized after several hours. He was later airlifted to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon to treat his serious injuries.

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The man who hit Ben, 47-year-old Charles Howard Raycraft, was arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily injury and faulty operation of a vehicle causing bodily injury. His court date has not been set.

A Go Fund Me page set up for Ben surpassed his ultimate goal of $75,000 and is currently hovering around $83,970. The family stated that they are grateful for everyone’s well wishes for Ben during his recovery process.

“Although we know this will still take some time, we are optimistic about his recovery. Our hope is to bring Ben back to Regina soon to continue his rehabilitation,” a statement prepared by the family read. “We also want to thank everyone for the concern, prayers and generous support. The support we have received has been overwhelming. We are truly grateful.”

– with archives by Andrew Benson

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