For one Tennessee teen, the past three months have not been filled with typical summer break activities. The young man has returned home to Crockett County after spending three months in hospitals, repairing the serious damage caused by a hit-and-run accident. The teen was injured when a man ran him over at a county baseball game in early April. The teen went to Shepherd's Center in Atlanta to receive extensive medical care.
The accident originally threw the young man into a coma. He stayed in the coma for over one month and needed a ventilator to help him breathe. While the teen has returned home, his rehabilitation is not yet over. Doctors were required to remove a piece of his skull during a surgical procedure to save his life. The doctors expect to replace that missing piece of skull, but most doctors wait three to six months after an accident before attempting to replace pieces of skull.
As for now, the teen must wear a helmet whenever he is moving.
In typical teenage fashion, the young man is itching to get back to what he loves to do and he has been able to gradually start working out again. Before his accident, this weight-lifting teen weighed in at 160 pounds, but after a few months in the hospital, he dropped as low as 116 pounds. As he's regained some ability to lift weights, he's built up his strength and is now up to 140 pounds.
The teen has not been cleared to drive a car or a tractor yet, much to his disappointment. The teen's mother also hopes he can get back to school this fall. She doesn't want anything stopping him from graduating on time.