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It’s the call no parent ever wants to receive. On June 5, Jennifer and Larry Wright learned their 13 year old son Trevor was in a serious bike accident. Even though Trevor regularly did BMX tricks on his bike, his worst accident happened while riding down the street. And because he wasn’t doing tricks, he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
He was transported to a local hospital and then, because his condition was so critical, he was transferred to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. A battery of tests showed he had severe brain damage. The prognosis was grim, doctors said he would never be the same child again. Neurologists said he’d fallen directly on his head and 30% of his brain was damaged. He was put into a medically induced coma and intubated to allow his brain time to heal.
During his five week stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, he made small improvements and was eventually able to recognize his parents and lift his head. At that point, he was transferred to Franciscan Hospital for Children for Rehabilitation. A daily regimen of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy awaited him.
Meanwhile, supportive family and friends back home in Lakeville fundraised for the Wrights, brought food and prayed. A prayer chain began and groups on Facebook popped up encouraging acquaintances and strangers to “Pray for Trevor Wright.”
Encouraged by his new surroundings and the promise of Wii-hab, Therapy that could be done on the playroom Wii, Trevor began exceeding expectations. Each week, his Physical Therapist set goals. Often he would exceed her goals in a single day making fast and steady progress with his parents and sister Alee, almost constantly at his side. Last week, he rode the adaptive bicycle specially designed for children with disabilities. Not only did he ride on his own, as a show of strength, he pulled several others along in tandem.
This week Trevor was decannulated (The process whereby a tracheostomy tube is removed once the patient no longer needs it). He returned home on Wednesday. His family anticipates he’ll return to the 8th grade this Fall continuing with his therapies on an outpatient basis.
Said Jennifer Wright, “We are just so glad to have Trevor doing so well so quickly. Trevor is a miracle and we are grateful for the support of so many whose prayers have made a difference.”
Photos: (Above left) Pulling everyone around the hallways on the unit where he was staying, Trevor shows his strength, determination and desire to get back on his bike. Trevor is pulling his father Larry and behind him, Ginny Sennott, the Family Liaison at Franciscan Hospital for Children. (Above right) he’s pulling his sister, Alexandra.
Exceptional spirit helps teen overcome odds