Bou Bou Phonesavanh, the 2-year-old boy rendered comatose after a SWAT team threw a grenade in his crib as part of a drug sting gone wrong, has been released from the hospital, and is able to walk and talk, Salon has learned. According to sources, the hole in his chest hasn’t healed, and doctors are still not able to fully assess lasting brain damage. His family is moving back to Wisconsin, where he will continue to receive the medical care he needs.
There had been some question as to whether the child would survive the attack. As Bou Bou's mother, Alecia, explained in Salon last week:
After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flashbang grenade inside. It landed in my son’s crib.
Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle. When they explode, the noise is so loud and the flash is so bright that anyone close by is temporarily blinded and deafened. It’s been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and he’s still covered in burns.
There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. At least that’s what I’ve been told; I’m afraid to look.
My husband’s nephew, the one they were looking for, wasn’t there. He doesn’t even live in that house. After breaking down the door, throwing my husband to the ground, and screaming at my children, the officers – armed with M16s – filed through the house like they were playing war. They searched for drugs and never found any.
But today, Bou Bou was released, and seen walking and dancing. You can watch it here:
Read the rest of the first-person account of Bou Bou's mother, Alecia, here.