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11/22/04

Bus Stop Accident Victim Home for Thanksgiving

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A few months ago we told you about Trevor Daniels, a 13-year-old who was in a coma for three weeks after a truck hit him on his way to school. Now he is out of a coma and will be spending Thanksgiving at home with his family, even though his recovery is far from over. 

He is doing much better than doctors expected sonny. They all predicted that Trevor would not be able to pull through after the accident, but this little survivor is proving everyone wrong

"I was praying he would wake up and come out of this alive," his mother Rosalind Quarterman told us.

After the August accident, Trevor spent three weeks in a coma suffering from bruising of the brain, a fractured pelvis and nose, and a laceration of the spleen.

"The doctor said that he wasn't going to make it," Rosalind said. "He wasn't going to be with us long, and if he did he wouldn't be able to walk or talk."

But Trevor is defying the odds. He doesn't remember much, including the day of the accident. His vision is impaired, and he has limited motor skills and some brain damage. Since the accident, Trevor has been in Atlanta undergoing painful rehabilitation.

He's eager to stop rehab and start being a teenager again. Two things he wants to do, he told us: "race and swim."

Although that may be far off, other goals first thought impossible are slowly becoming a reality. "He's learning how to walk again, he's learning how to talk again, he is wonderful.," Rosalind said.

But for every step Trevor is taking forward, his parents are being set back financially. "It's a hardship on us. When it comes to paying bills on time or getting things paid period."

After the accident, Rosalind had to quit her job to be with her son in Atlanta, and now they are more than half a million dollars in debt.

But Trevor's parents say having him home for Thanksgiving is nothing short of a miracle, and for Trevor it's a holiday wish come true, to "hang out with my family."

If you would like to donate to help Trevor's family, just visit the Bank of America on Bull Street and ask for the Trevor Daniels Contribution Fund.

As for the driver of the pickup truck, Freeman Thompson, officers did not find that he was at fault so no charges were filed against him.

Because of the brain trauma, Trevor is expected to undergo treatment for at least another two years.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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