Teen recovering after anchor hits his skull
MANATEE COUNTY- We’re updating an incredible story we first reported back in August, 14-year-old Caleb Bennett was recovering after taking a boat anchor to his skull, and just 6 months after his accident he has a clean bill of health.
It was a regular day on the water in March, a fishing trip with his brother and friends. But it quickly took a turn for Caleb Bennett.
“I saw something in the bottom of the boat so I went and tied it down, and then I stood up and next thing I know there’s an anchor in my head.” Bennett said.
Caleb calmly removed the anchor, his friend called 911 and his brother got them back to shore quickly.
“If you’re going to be crazy and freak out and try to pull it out right away,” Bennett said. “You’re going to twist it around and you’re going to die, because that’s what everyone would do, so I thought being calm was the best thing.”
Caleb’s parents flew back from the Bahamas as he was airlifted to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
“I got a call to say that there is a trauma coming to the emergency room and there is a young man who took an anchor to his head. During residency I had people with arrows to a head, gunshot wounds.”
But this was Dr. Rodriguez’s first anchor. The medical team quickly got into surgery removing bone fragments from his brain and taking out a part of his skull. Only one frontal lobe was damaged… something Caleb can live without.
“If the anchor had gone about a centimeter lower it would have injured his eye and it’s very possible it would have injured his carotid artery, and he would have been dead, if it goes a centimeter to the middle a bit more same thing.”
He spent 5 days in a coma as brain swelling went down.
“He looked lifeless and he couldn’t talk to me and he couldn’t smile for me,” Kelli Bennett said. “Couldn’t’ give me those emotions that as a mom you want to see you’re kid is ok.”
His first thought out a coma, let his parents know he was going to be OK.
“That if that was the last Snook I would have caught I wish it would have been bigger.” Bennett said.
“His personality came back,” Rick Bennett said. “All his memories came back, he’s perfectly healthy.”
He left the hospital in 10 days, something Doctor’s say is practically a miracle.
“God saved my life,” Caleb said.
Now, Caleb is right back to spending most of his time on the water with his family and friends.
“We certainly are more careful about where we store the anchor,” Rick Bennett said.
“They’re grateful that I’m alive, make a lot of jokes about me, I’m the anchorman now.”
Caleb and his family are so grateful to the doctors and nurses at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as well as the first responders who helped save his life.