16-month-old baby who fell two stories from aunt's Maui home fights for his life

Published On: Dec 23 2013 11:59:46 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 31 2013 10:43:12 AM HST
MAUI, Hawaii -

Sick with pneumonia, Aymara Kirby had her older sister Kathy Koester babysitting her 16-month-old son, Cheveyo. But Kirby got a call from her sister last Saturday that changed her life.

"I kept asking her what, what, what, what, what, are you saying? I understood she said Chavayo fell out her window," said Kirby.

Koester says she was busy cleaning the house with her three kids and says 16-month-old Cheveyo must have somehow climbed onto the couch and pushed through the window screen.

"I don't remember if I got up to move the couch to get it out of the way. If I went to go put laundry in, but I felt like I needed to turn around and when I turned all I saw were his feet," said Koester.

She tried to save her nephew, but it was too late. He fell down two stories.

"I ran for him to try and catch him and my daughter did because I screamed," said Koester.

Koester's 14-year-old son was mowing the lawn and saw the baby fall. Cheveyo's skull and brain were injured.

"I protected everything and I just missed one detail and it changed our lives," said Koester.

"I saw my sister, she was the first one I saw and she was apologizing to me and I said I didn't want to hear it. I just want to know if my baby was OK," said Kirby.

Cheveyo is still in the intensive care unit and his parents say he has started to open his eyes from time to time. The sister has opened a fund for the baby, the Cheveyo Hamala fund at Bank of Hawaii.


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