Family calls recovery from elevator fall a 'miracle'


Fisher Hamilton's parents and uncle spoke exclusively to ABC11 Eyewitness News Anchor Frances Scott about how Fisher fell into the elevator shaft at his uncle's house two weeks ago.

They also explained how they tried to rescue the 5-year-old, who fell two stories to the bottom ofan elevator shaft before being crushed by the elevator. The accident happened just over two weeks ago while the family was at the coast celebrating Fisher's birthday.

After Fisher fell, his Uncle John ran to the attic to hand-crank the elevator off of the child.

"I just remember cranking until I didn't hear the screams anymore, and I heard kids screaming in the house and I felt so alone but I wanted him out," John said.

John, who suffered second-degree burns from the elevator crank, and Fisher's parents say it's 100 percent a miracle from God that Fisher has come from critically injured to almost recovered in just 15 days.

Fisher suffered multiple skull, rib and backbone fractures from the fall. He also punctured his lung and broke a bone around his eye, but he's going to be okay.

There is a benefit fund created at Crescent State Bank. Donations may be made by:

  • Stopping at any Crescent State Bank branch and designating the money "For the Benefit of Fisher Hamilton"
  • Mailing a check to: Crescent State Bank, 870 Spring Lane, Sanford, NC 27330. Please write "For the Benefit of Fisher Hamilton" in the memo section of the check.
  • You may make a direct transfer from any banking institution by going to your bank and asking them to contact Crescent State Bank for transfer information. The telephone number is 919.708.7055.

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