A Minnesota family struck by tragedy are praying for a Christmas miracle following a fatal grain silo accident earlier this week.
Alex Boesl, 12, remains in a critical condition in Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, after he was overcome by fumes in a grain silo at a farm in Millerville, west-central Minnesota.
His father, Curt Boesl, and uncle Steve, both of whom are volunteer firefighters in Millerville, died after also being exposed to the fumes in the tragic incident on Saturday.
On Sunday, Alex's mother Julie asked people to "pray, pray for a Christmas miracle" in a Facebook post that was shared almost 4,000 times.
As of Christmas Day, the 12-year-old's condition is still serious, with a post on the family's CaringBridge page saying Alex is being slowly weaned off of sedation.
"This is a long, fragile process," the post reads. "The waiting is extremely difficult, but only time can tell what Alex and God have in store for us. There have been very few changes in Alex’s condition. Pray for his miracle."
Earlier posts said that Alex's "brain has been through a lot," and that weaning him off the sedation was so they can get a true picture" of the situation.
A GoFundMe page set up for the Boesl families has so far raised more than $33,000. You can find it here.