Monday July 11,2022

LEE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY A HERO

A Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy saved 3-month-old Wylder after he stopped breathing.

Deputy Michelle Wilson arrived and found Wylder, turning blue, not breathing, and without a pulse.

Immediately taking control of the situation, Deputy Wilson began chest compressions until a pulse was established.

Tyler Jacobson, Wylder’s Father said, “she came very fast after they got the call. Probably within a minute.”

EMS arrived and transported Wylder to Golisano Children’s Hospital and was admitted into the NICU.

Wylder’s parents said this is the second time their worst nightmare happens.

Wylder was born with a rare genetic disorder doctors call a Translocation of Chromosomes.”

His second and sixteenth chromosomes are unbalanced, bringing a variety of physical issues.

Deputy Wilson’s actions saved baby Wylder’s life. Leaving the infant’s family forever grateful.

“She’s our hero. We love her. She’s a part of our family forever. What a blessing. We’re gonna have a first birthday party and the Deputy Wilson party at the same time,” Jena (Bo San-Curt)Bohsancurt said.

Wylder’s parents said he is recovering at home and doctors are very impressed with his progress.

The family said they know how quickly things can change, so they are valuing every moment they have.

FHP SEARCHING FOR VEHICLE IN HIT AND RUN IN LEHIGH ACRES

Troopers are searching for a vehicle in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 49-year-old Lehigh Acres man on Saturday morning.

The man was bicycling east on Arthur Avenue near Kansas Road, along the edge of the road, when a sedan hit the man from behind, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The sedan fled east on Arthur Avenue and turned on Maryland.

The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The vehicle is described as a newer model red sedan, with front damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGES GETTING NEW BUILDING IN LOXAHATCHEE

With $30 million in state funding now secured, Palm Beach State College expects to break ground in the fall to build a new dental and medical services technology building at its Loxahatchee Groves campus.

The college already offers programs for dental assistants and hygienists at its Lake Worth Beach campus as well as a degree in surgical services. It expects to offer a program for physical therapist assistants once the new facility opens in Loxahatchee Groves.

Plans call for the relocation of the existing program from Lake Worth Beach to Loxahatchee Groves.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 2 signed into law a state budget that included $25 million for the dental school. The total cost is expected to be more than $50 million. The college has secured private funds to supplement the state funding.

With construction prices continuing to rise,  Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker said the college wants to move forward as quickly as possible. She expects construction to take up to three years.

The four-story, 8 4,000-square-foot building will include science labs, general classrooms and administrative offices.

Parker noted that the building at the Lake Worth Beach campus is more than 50 years old. It will be torn down once the new facility is built. The current one-story building has been retrofitted as much as possible, Parker said, noting it is too small to meet current needs. Eventually, Parker said that the program for dental hygienists and dental assistants will be expanded to include more students. Forty-eight students are expected to be enrolled in the dental programs this fall.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, whose district includes Loxahatchee Groves, said she was pleased that the project has secured its $25 million appropriation.

The Loxahatchee Groves campus is at the northwest corner of Southern Boulevard and B Road in western central Palm Beach County. The 75-acre facility, which opened five years ago as the college’s fifth campus, serves more than 5,000 students annually. Parker said long-range plans call for continued expansion of facilities at the Loxahatchee campus.

Serving 48,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest higher-education institution in Palm Beach County. It is the only publicly accredited program offering degrees to dental assistants in Palm Beach County. The school’s other campuses are in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.