Friday, May 1st, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: A six year old boy from the village of Valley Community in the Stann Creek District is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City following surgery this morning.
Travis Polanco continues to fight for his life after being shot once around 5:00Thursday evening by an older neighbor with a 16-gauge shotgun near his Mile 18, Hummingbird Highway residence.
His parents, Thomas and Gurlie Polanco, say they were inside their house when at ten to five they heard what sounded like a gunshot. As they ran to the roadside they saw their youngest son bleeding profusely from the neck area and jumping up and down as if in a seizure.
The family’s investigations reveal that Travis was playing with the neighbor’s 9-year-old son who was reportedly left home alone by his parents. They had been looking at a bird’s nest when the older boy told Travis to leave it alone because the birds had to live too. Shortly thereafter the older boy went inside his house and Travis went to the roadside. That was when the older boy is alleged to have taken his father’s shotgun, which his father used to hunt and apparently taught him how to use, and opened fire through a window on Travis, standing approximately 35 feet away.
Doctors removed one pellet from Travis’ brain but two others are lodged in a precarious position and brain swelling has not helped the situation. There is currently no prognosis for his recovery.
The Polancos have already lost one son and very nearly lost Travis after repeated delays first getting to the Southern Regional Hospital, then up to Belmopan and finally to KHMH which they reached after ten Thursday night.