VAN BUREN, Indiana — A northeastern Indiana teenager is now recovering at home after suffering severe head injuries when he fell from his skateboard while holding onto the back of a friend's moving car.
Doctors removed much of 16-year-old Randon Timmons' skull because of brain swelling after he was injured June 8 in the Grant County town of Van Buren. Timmons spent time in a Fort Wayne rehabilitation hospital to improve walking and other skills before he returned home a couple weeks ago.
Dr. Walter Jacobsen told WTHR-TV (http://bit.ly/1yASeNs ) that Timmons' "brain activity was almost gone" by the time he reached the emergency room after the accident.
Timmons must wear a protective helmet and faces surgery to rebuild his skull. But he is walking on his own and quickly banters with others.
"He's made so much progress over the last couple of weeks, it's mind-boggling," Randy Timmons said about his son.
Dozens of people holding signs lined the main street into the 900-person town of Van Buren when Timmons arrived back in his hometown about 40 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.
"Feels terrific to see all these people," the teen said. "And congratulate me on being home. Being alive. Just feels amazing."
Residents had started a social media campaign to support the family and held a prayer vigil after Timmons' accident.
"I call him a walking miracle," Van Buren resident Angie Wright said. "He's our miracle boy."
Jacobsen, a neurosurgeon in Fort Wayne, said while Timmons will likely have some permanent brain damage, he should have an essentially normal life if he avoids further head injuries.
"There are certainly miracles in everyday life," Jacobsen said. "This is one of the major ones."
Information from: WTHR-TV, http://www.wthr.com/