Lights on For Noah: Support Critically Injured Westview Student Hit by Car

Westview student in critical condition after Nov. 6 accident, Facebook page will provide updates.

Residents of Avon Lake are being asked to turn their porch lights on Saturday, Nov. 10 as a sign of support for Noah Venesile, who was hit by a car on Tuesday and remains in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The 9-year-old Avon Lake boy, a student at Westview Elementary School was accidentally hit by a car Nov. 6., while playing outside with friends just after noon. His school was out for the day.

Now, residents of Avon Lake can show their support for the family, regardless if you are acquainted with them. Noah is still in critical condition, and is under sedation.

“Friends and supporters of Noah Venesile would like all residents of Avon Lake to turn their porch lights on in support of this little boy,” family friend Tessa Kemer told Patch. 

A Facebook page created today by Noah’s family, Prayers and Support For Noah Venesile, is being updated by Noah’s parent’s Amy and Chris on their son’s condition.

An update Friday afternoon said doctors have decided to remove Noah's ICP (inter-cranial pressure) monitor and sometime in the next 24 hour will perform an MRI on his brain.

“They feel that the 72-hour window that has passed without significant swelling and that the sedation level should come down,” the posting by Chris said.

The MRI will provide significant indication to the extent of the damage Noah incurred.

The page, created on Nov. 7, has gathered more than 1,800 “likes."

Noah’s injuries include damage to the upper left face and head, broken orbital bone and contusions to both sides of the brain, including the thalamus.

Support has been pouring in from many in the community. where Noah’s sister, Sydney, is a cheerleader, created a get-well message for him.

Other members of the community have created outdoor signs as well as get-well cards.

Community members can continue to get updates via his parents’ Facebook page, Prayers and Support For Noah Venesile.

Lori E. Switaj November 09, 2012 at 10:08 PM
This is a beautiful idea...great way to show your support. Please help spread the word and "recommend" this article. Our thoughts are with you, Noah.
Kristen LePrevost November 09, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Happy too! Lights will be on...maybe I'll even relight those pumpkins on the porch for Noah too!
Lori E. Switaj November 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hey Kristen, that's a great idea. And if anyone needs, pumpkins are like $1 at Rock Pile.
Tim Allen November 09, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Noah I pray you have a fast recovery, my payers are with you.
Pamela Mazzarella November 10, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Why stop in Avon, heck we should all put our lights on in surrounding cities. Let's all pass that along. Every child needs support in a time of a crises. God Bless you Noah. My light will be on for you in Lakewood.
Tracey Schummer Schmidt November 10, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Keeping Noah and his family in our prayers.
MZ November 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Not to be crass, but how does turning lights on support Noah? Further, if one doesn't have their lights on, does that mean they don't support Noah?
Jim Harley November 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Turning your lights on is a show of community support in a situation where other than pray for Noah and his family, there is little else we can do in this situation right now. To combat this feeling of helplessness among the community, a light up the night project is a chance to show that the community is aware of the plight of this child and that we care and are united in the hope for his recovery. No, a light off only means that people might not be aware of the project. If the family sees the lights on and gets even a little encouragement, or if it raises awareness of this boy's fight for life and his upcoming struggle with rehabilitation, then for the easy flick of a switch and a silent prayer-my light will be on for Noah.
MZ November 10, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I am all for the prayer for the young boy, although I am sure there are those that would call that foolish. Let me be clear (in my best Obama voice) I am not opposed to flicking the lights on, I just think it is an empty gesture, like the support the troops ribbons, or "awareness" pins of all sorts. I'll say a prayer for the young boy and his family for a speedy recovery and my lights will be on.
SabrinaFrye November 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Well said Jim. Our lights are on and our prayers will continue to be prayed!
Lori E. Switaj November 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Thanks Jim, you expressed it perfectly.
Deanna Spishak November 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
My son goes to school with Noah. He cried wed when he found. He is very concerned and so am I I hope he has a speedy recovery!!!! My church will be praying for him.
Bradley Ludwig November 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
See now so does my son and he saw the accident and is very depressed so the family is praying for him.
Bradley Ludwig November 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I meant my brother.
Bradley Ludwig November 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I saw the accident too.


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