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Father of young electric shock victim speaks out

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TEMECULA (CBS 8) - A nine-year-old Temecula boy is in a medically induced coma, after a freak accident at his own birthday party.

He was rushed to the hospital the night of Saturday, October 4 after he suffered a severe electrical shock at near his backyard pool. Now, his father is speaking out about his son's recovery.

“My wife and I are overwhelmed with the amount of support from everyone,” said Tony Belden.

The father of Elijah Belden, who is in a medically induced coma at Rady Children's hospital after suffering a serious electrical shock, took time away from his son's bedside to thank their community of Temecula and the thousands of supporters on the family's Pray for Elijah Facebook page.

“We got yesterday over 200 cards from the school because the school decided they were going to send well wishes to him,” continued Belden.

Elijah was celebrating his 10th birthday on Saturday at a pool party in his own backyard with family and friends from his baseball team, when he touched a metal support pole near the pool that had a string of lights on it. Elijah was posing for a photo, but as his mother took the picture the boy fell to the ground.

“The fact my wife was standing right by him, to be able to respond so quickly, we're just so grateful,” said Belden.

They're also incredibly thankful that Elijah's baseball coach, Scott Baker, also a sergeant with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, was there to pull the boy away from the pole and start CPR.

Elijah's father says doctors may try to bring his son out of his coma as early as Wednesday.

His family is encouraging visitors to talk to him and his family has faith that his body is healing.

“We're putting all our energy towards Elijah's full recovery. We're praying for a full recovery, trusting in God for a full recovery,” added Belden.

As for what exactly happened that led to the electrical shock, the family says they aren't concerned about that right now. They're focusing all of their attention on Elijah's recovery. They've heard from respiratory therapists that often, kids in Elijah's condition, remember conversations that took place while they were in a coma. So they hope he knows how much he is loved and supported.

Elijahs' dad says his son was stable and breathing on his own before he placed in a medically induced coma, but that doctors feel this is the best way to let his body heal. Again, they're hopeful, he will be able to come out of his coma, as early as Wednesday.

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