In March of 2017, Tom, an active, smart, and kind eight-year-old from the Geta Kinship in Kenya, was hit by a motorcycle and nearly died.
While walking home one day, a trip he had made many times, a speeding motorbike ran right into Tom and knocked him off his feet, sending him crashing to the ground.
Rushing him to the hospital, his caregivers were alarmed at his state. One commented that she was so upset to see him, a boy who could do everything for himself, not even able to roll over.
Our hearts sank when we heard the details – he had hit his head, and it didn’t look good. Would this boy even survive? And if he did, what if he were severely handicapped for the rest of his life?
We had Tom moved to a better hospital, where he was in a medically induced coma. They were trying to decide whether or not to perform surgery, but the doctors waited it out and he slowly came to. The updates started coming in, one proudly proclaiming that Tom was able to eat a few spoonful’s of food, with great assistance. Then we heard that Tom was starting to try and talk, but he was having trouble. He seemed to recognize some people. Though his injuries were clearly very severe, he was showing great progress and improvement. We kept praying.
Finally, the day came for Tom to come home to the Geta Kinship. They were especially worried about his speech, as it was clearly affected by his accident, but God has restored it! He still has some paralysis on his right side, so he can’t walk or use his right arm. He is working hard to keep his strength up, and he is determined to walk again. Thanks to his big Kinship family, he always has a buddy nearby to walk with him and help him when he needs it. The entire Kinship is really rallying around him and he is thriving with so much love and affection.
Today, Tom is up and moving on his own and in his own way. See how he proudly raises his right arm, which is such a huge victory! He is young and is recovering quickly, so we trust he will make a full recovery in time.
Tom was rescued and his life was saved once when he moved into the Geta Kinship two years ago. Now, his life was saved a second time!
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