Waswanipi’s Khayden Otter is a determined little fighter.

Khayden is recovering from his injuries suffered two months ago at his foster parent’s home in Waswanipi. The 2 year-old boy suffered severe head trauma in a horrific incident that shocked and horrified the Cree Nation.

Support has come from all over Eeyou Istchee for the little boy. Each of the nine communities had a “walk against violence” on February 18th to send a message that violence has no place in Cree territory.

The Nation spoke to Khayden’s grandfather, Ronnie Otter. “The doctors say he’s recovering rather quickly. He is still unable to move his entire body and he has been walking with a brace on one leg.” One side of his body remains partially paralyzed as well.

The good news is that he’s able to walk at all. Therapists have been helping Khayden with exercises to regain full mobility of his arms and legs. It was estimated by doctors that Khayden could be transferred to Chibougamau to continue the rehabilitation process and to be closer to home.

According to Ronnie his spirits are high and his condition is improving with each passing day.

At a recent Council/Board meeting, $1062 dollars was raised to help the family with various costs such as hotel and food. Individuals and Cree Band Councils have also given financial contributions.

Ronnie Otter would like to once again thank all the people in Eeyou Istchee for their thoughts and prayers and financial support.