Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brennan's Back!

Today, I witnessed something I can't explain.

Remember Brennan, my 6th grader from last year who was riding his bike on a country road (helmet-less) when he was struck by an SUV (July 29th)? He spent about a month in a coma, in I.C.U., and many of your prayed for his recovery. Emerging from his coma, Brennan couldn't walk, talk, or even move voluntarily. I visited him a couple of times--It was unsettling, as he was far from the boy I knew at school.

A severe head injury like Brennan's usually leaves little hope.  In fact, his parents toured a hospice facility just a few days before he started coming out of his coma. However, Brennan's destiny was apparently not to pass away at the age of 12.

Today, Brennan returned to school! Yes, he was in a wheelchair, but only part of the time, and he was only there for half of the day. No, he didn't know my name, but he did guess it when I gave him the first part (4444). No, I won't have him in a class, but he stopped by to visit his teachers from last year. I can't get over the fact that that kid went from a cracked skull and ICU for a month to walking and talking within three months.

I wish I could say more, but I can't, due to confidentiality reasons. What I have shared is public knowledge, via Brennan's Caring Bridge site, which was updated when he was recovering in the hospital. I will tell you that Brennan shared that he "died, twice."  There is sooo much more to this whole story, but I wanted to let you know that he is doing well and that his parents very much appreciate the prayers and good thoughts sent his way over the past few months.

So, I can't explain it, but I don't feel a need to; it is what it is, and I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Oh, and p.s. Please make sure your kid wears a bike helmet.

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