“When he got out of the hospital, he couldn’t even make a sound. He had to learn to do EVERYTHING all over again. He is now in school, walking, talking, laughing, and is able to enjoy life.”
When Colby was only two and a half years old, he was kicked by a horse which tore his spleen and severed his liver. During the immediate injury, he lost so much blood that it caused a loss of oxygen to his brain. If the brain does not receive the oxygen that it needs for 4 minutes, brain cells will die and once it has been 5 minutes or longer, a permanent anoxic brain injury occurs- this is what Colby experienced.
Due to the brain injury, Colby lost his ability to do everything and had to relearn all of the common tasks that we often take for granted. The injury also caused a seizure disorder he still battles. This isn’t the end of the story for Colby though! He has pushed through with a smile and a determination to relearn everything. In fact, even though it took 5 years, he even relearned to walk once again!
For eleven years, Colby received Hippo therapy, a rehabilitative horseback riding therapy that works to improve coordination, strength, and balance. Throughout his rehabilitation process, he has also received intense therapy at two different hospitals as well as at Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Jackson, Alabama.
“He always displays strength, determination, love, and happiness,” wrote his mom when he was being nominated for Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month Program. “He is an inspiration to all who know his story.” Colby, now 17 years old, has inspired Kids Wish Network, and we are very proud of all that he continues to accomplish!
It is with great pride that we honor Colby’s strength and determination by recognizing him as Kids Wish Network’s along with Children’s Rehabilitation Services’ Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Colby!
Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the country participate in the Hero of the Month program by each month nominating children under their care who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances with courage and bravery. Those recognized by Kids Wish Network as a Hero of the Month are presented with a Hero package that includes a gift card and other special gifts. Participating facilities tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of children. For more information on becoming part of the Hero of the Month program, contact us.