It's been nearly a week and a half since 10-year-old Cole Hancock tumbled down a steep slope on Oregon's Mt. Hood, but today he and his father greeted news cameras smiling.
Hancock was on a sunset hike with his father, Kim Hancock, on July 23 when he slipped and fell 150 feet, The Oregonian reports. The pair had planned to stay overnight and had already set up a campsite when they decided to take one last hike before dark.
Fox 12 Oregon reports that Hancock's father ran down after him and carried him back to their campsite after the fall knocked him unconscious.
Hancock's father called for help but it took rescue crews three hours to reach them, and he was airlifted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, according to KOIN.
"He's pretty bummed about not being able to remember the helicopter ride," Hancock's father told The Oregonian.
Hancock was treated for internal bleeding and skull fractures, suffering some brain damage that makes speaking difficult, but doctors are optimistic he'll make a full recovery.
"I'm alive," he told reporters Wednesday. "I can't believe I'm alive."
H/T: Fox 12