Connecticut Mother Grateful For Steps Toward Recovery After 18-Month-Old Son's Near-Drowning

Catherine Kossi never takes the sweet, simple moments with her adorable 18-month-old son Kirk for granted. CBS2's Andrea Grymes reports.

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- March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It is the leading cause of disability in children in the US.

- And tonight, one mother is sharing her young son's journey and his remarkable progress. CBS 2's Andrea Grymes is in Westchester.

CATHERINE KOSSI: What are you doing?


ANDREA GRYMES: They're sweet, simple moments Catherine Kossi never takes for granted with her adorable 18-month-old son Kirk.

CATHERINE KOSSI: There was a half an hour in my life where I thought he was dead. Every day after that was a happy day.

ANDREA GRYMES: Back in August, on his first birthday, Kirk nearly drowned in the family's pond in Connecticut.

CATHERINE KOSSI: Dad and I had a miscommunication where Dad thought I had him and I thought Dad had him.

ANDREA GRYMES: The youngest of three boys, Kirk was already walking, running, and saying a few words. But all that changed with his accident, when he didn't have a heartbeat for about 20 minutes. He ultimately ended up at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Westchester County.

For four months, Kirk lived here in the brain injury unit with his parents, both of them taking turns staying with him. Last summer, for the first time, the unit expanded because of demand.

KATHY SILVERMAN: Kirk has had an anoxic brain injury. Not enough oxygen was getting to his brain. That is what happens when there's a near drowning.

His muscles were tightened. He was arched backwards. He couldn't move. He couldn't eat by mouth.

ANDREA GRYMES: With intense therapy and medical care, Kirk has made exceptional progress. He was finally able to go home after Christmas.

- Pet the cat.

ANDREA GRYMES: Now he comes back a few times a week for outpatient therapy.

CATHERINE KOSSI: So just tiny steps are huge for us. The first day he grabbed our hand, the first day he rolled over.

ANDREA GRYMES: Kossi largely credits Blythedale for these milestones, grateful all of this didn't turn out a different way.

CATHERINE KOSSI: The best word to have for him is "joy." like, he's just really a joyful kid.

ANDREA GRYMES: In Valhalla, Westchester County, Andrea Grymes, CBS 2 News.

- Wow.

- Another miracle in the medical community, right?

- Whoa. Sends a shudder through you, right?

- It does, it does.

- Could happen to anybody. But thank goodness.