Boy shocked at birthday party comes out of coma

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Elijah Belden

Elijah Belden (Photo: Facebook)

SAN DIEGO — A 10-year-old boy who was severely shocked when he grabbed an electrified pole last week has come out of a medically induced coma and is showing signs of improvement, according to his family.

Elijah Belden remained hospitalized Monday at Rady Children’s Hospital, according to the family’s Facebook page. His medical team is not allowing visitors other than his immediate family to see him,

The boy’s his heart stopped beating as a result of being shocked, Elijah’s father Tony Belden said.

Belden was celebrating his upcoming 10th birthday with his family at their home in Temecula when he grabbed a pole that somehow had become electrified by a string of lights.

The boy’s baseball coach, who is an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy, was attending the party and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, the boy’s father, Tony Belden said.

The boy was taken to the pediatric intensive care unity at Rady’s Children Hospital in San Diego and placed in an induced coma.

According to the family’s Facebook page, the boy can now breath on his own but need additional treatments to strengthen his lungs.