Levi Wright’s mother has revealed how the rodeo star’s son fell into a river and drowned while driving a toy tractor around his Utah home.

By Nick White and Dominic Yetman for DailyMail.com

14:16 06 June 2024, updated 14:23 06 June 2024

Levi Wright’s mum has revealed the heartbreaking truth about how her baby boy fell into a river and drowned.

On May 21, Callie Wright jumped in to save a 3-year-old boy who was lost in fast-moving waters at her home in Milford, Utah.

He survived for 12 days in the hospital with hopes that his brain would start working again, but on Sunday he was taken off life support.

Kelly on Thursday detailed for the first time how Levi fell into a drain while driving a toy tractor on his 24-acre farm.

Three-year-old Levi Wright was seriously injured on May 21 after driving his toy tractor into a swollen river near his home in Beaver County, Utah.
His death was confirmed by a family friend on Monday, after his heartbroken parents Callie and Spencer Wright made the decision to turn off life support on Sunday.

She said the creek separated the property owned by her and her husband, rodeo star Spencer Wright, from that of Levi’s grandparents.

There is a road crossing this creek, which, depending on the water level, sometimes covers the road at the crossing – as happened on May 21st.

‘My children have [ridden] “I’ve ridden my bikes, toy rides and even walked this trail millions of times,” he wrote on Facebook.

‘The water only flows for short periods during the year and can change overnight.

‘Levi didn’t do anything he hadn’t done before, but this time the water was at its highest and so fast that as he was passing his tractor went off the road and into the drain.’

Callie didn’t know the water level, so she told Levi not to cross the stream since his grandmother wasn’t home, and to walk around the house.

However, Levi, being a free-spirited child, did not listen.

“When he left, I ran back into the house. This is a decision that will haunt me for the rest of my life,” Callie wrote.

‘It was all my responsibility at that moment. Whether I went back to check on my sleeping baby, changed clothes, washed the bottle or put away lunch, I honestly don’t know.

‘Whatever it was, it wasn’t more important than chasing him that day.’

Millions around the world watched this little boy’s 12-day struggle for survival

Kelly wrote that although she believed God predetermined the outcome of everyone’s lives, including when her life would end, it still kept her up at night.

“I won’t be able to sleep about this forever, but at the same time, I know three things to be true,” she wrote in a message to those who criticized her actions that day.

‘First of all, I am not a perfect mother, but I am a good mother. Second, my younger son loved me very much.

‘Third, never say ‘no’, because it only takes a few seconds and it can happen to you.

‘I pray that anyone who judges me or says hurtful words about me never has to go through a nightmare like this.’

The little dinosaur-loving boy was rushed by ambulance to Beaver County Hospital, from where he was airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

The initial diagnosis was devastating, as doctors concluded he had suffered brain death due to lack of oxygen underwater.

But his heart was beating on its own and Levi’s father said the family had been ‘received many little miracles’ and doctors were ‘amazed at his progress’.

The family of Spencer Wright (pictured) is one of the most prominent families in rodeo history and is ranked 35th in the world.

Then on May 24, the family felt they had received the miracle they had been praying for.

‘Levi woke up!’ Kelly posted, ‘I’m shook, we don’t know much but the doctor said it was okay for me to be excited about this and I am! My baby is so strong!’

‘He got a bit rambunctious so we had to calm him down again but my heart!

‘He actually woke up when we were talking to a doctor about his love for excavation machines and tractors!’

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But just a few hours later, he received even more tragic news.

“The MRI wasn’t good,” Kelly wrote.

‘We are devastated, but it is these photos that give us a hint of a certain quality of life. What Levi does in the next few days will tell us the truth.’

Last Thursday, Kelly posted again after another brain scan showed slight improvement.

“They are keeping Levi comfortable, they tried to put him under anesthesia but he just couldn’t get through it,” he wrote.

‘It was heartbreaking to see and he has now been kept under heavy sedation until the next stage.’

Finally, on Sunday, Callie and Spencer made the decision they’d been dreading.

“After many sleepless nights, tons of research, multiple conversations with the best neurologists in the world and millions of prayers we are here to face our biggest fear,” he wrote.

‘Now I will soon climb into bed with my baby and hold him in my arms as he falls asleep for the last time on this earth.

‘Levi just showed us that we’ve got time to do all of this.

Levi met his mom Callie and new baby brother Bray in the hospital less than a year ago

‘We prayed that he would overcome these obstacles to prove to us that he wanted to stay. But now we see that he wanted to give us time to find peace with letting him go.

‘I told you my child is thoughtful and considerate, I truly believe he did that for us.’

Family friend Mindy Sue Clark reported Levi’s death in a Facebook post at 8:14 a.m. Monday.

“I don’t want to focus on the bad or sad things, even though it feels like someone has taken out my heart and squeezed it in front of me,” she wrote.

‘I want to focus on the many miracles we all witnessed during those 12 days. The response to Levi’s story was absolutely incredible.

‘Levi Spencer Wright – March 24, 2021 – June 02, 2024. The most perfect three-year-old baby ever. So perfect we couldn’t keep him.

‘I don’t want to focus on the bad or the sad things, even if it feels like someone has taken my heart out and squeezed it right in front of me.

‘Millions, if not millions, of people surrounded our best friend, prayed for him, and threw their loving arms around Levi and his family.

“Soon I will climb into bed with my baby and hold him in my arms as he falls asleep for the last time on this earth,” Kelly wrote on Sunday.

“We’ve never seen or experienced anything like this before. I don’t know if we’ll ever fully understand it.”

‘I’m so grateful for all the time I get to be their ‘Auntie Mindy.’ It’s a blessing I’ll never be able to match.’

Friends held several events to raise money for Callie, Spencer and their two other children, leaving the family surprised by the outpouring of love.

“During this time, he brought humanity to an entire country, brought many to their knees, and reminded them of what really matters in this world,” Kelly wrote.

‘We’ll miss him every second of every day here, but without a doubt we feel this is the best thing we can do for him.

“We love you so much Baby Beans. We’re going to miss you buddy!”


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