SEATTLE - A 7 year-old boy who fell into Whatcom Falls last week has died.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Jaden Griffin died on Thursday, two days after he slipped on rocks and was pulled over the falls, a drop of about 30 feet.
He was recovered from the undertow about two hours later and initially reported as dead. But doctors said there might be a way to revive him because he'd been in cold water. They kept him on life support and transported him to Seattle Children's Hospital.
The boy had been visiting the falls with his parents and a 5-year-old sibling.
On Monday the boy's family issued a statement, saying "We would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers. We are especially grateful for the efforts of each and every one of Bellingham's rescue teams, Police and Fire departments, and most importantly, the medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and Seattle's Children's Hospital. Because of them, we got the opportunity to be with our son for a couple days longer. We will forever be indebted to them for their care and determination in saving our baby boy.
Although we have lost him, we are comforted in knowing that our pain and heartbreak was not in vain. He had dreamed of becoming a hero by being a firefighter. And although that dream did not come to fruition, he was able to be a hero to three different individuals and their families, as well as medical research, through organ donation. We have no doubt that that is what he would have wanted. We believe he was an angel with a mission and he fulfilled that mission when he was returned to God. Our little angel is the hero that he's always wanted to be and we take pride in the short time that we had with him, as he touched each person that he ever crossed paths with.
He will never be forgotten and forever be in our hearts. Please continue to pray for our family through this pain and appreciate your time with your loved ones."