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Wisconsin first grader in critical condition after tragic accident at recess

Family members said the 6-year-old underwent emergency brain surgery.

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A 6-year-old boy was struck by a metal object flung from a lawnmower while at recess at a Wisconsin elementary school Friday.

Family identified the boy as Alex Hook, a playful first grader who is now in critical condition following the incident.

Hook's aunt and godmother, Michelle Koertgen, told sister station WISN that her sister received a call from the school Friday afternoon to tell her that her son was in an accident.

"My sister proceeded to where he was and found her son lying on his back with blood coming out of his head, and he was not conscious but he was having basically seizures," Koertgen said.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, Flight for Life took Hook to a children's hospital in Milwaukee.

Family members told WISN he underwent emergency brain surgery.

They said a piece of his skull was lodged into his brain.

Now he is in a medically-induced coma for 72 hours.

"It's a waiting game sadly," Koertgen said. "Seventy-two hours may not seem like a lot but it's a lifetime when you're sitting there watching my nephew, my sister's son sitting there with tubes coming out of every orifice of his body. I mean it's just horrific."

Koertgen said the school principal pulled surveillance footage of the incident.

They said you can see a nearby lawn mower run over an object that flew through the air and struck Hook in the head.

Koertgen said the surgeon told them the object was a piece of rebar metal.

Koertgen set up a GoFundMe account to help their family with medical costs and the road to recovery from likely brain damage.

They also have a Facebook page to keep up-to-date with his situation at the hospital.

WISN reached out to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department for an update on its investigation.

Sgt. David Wright said "while this was a tragic incident it was ruled an accident and therefore KSD does not have any further involvement with this incident."

As of Monday morning, family members said Hook would get another MRI.