FORT WORTH (March 31, 2014) Thousands here, around the country and around the world have been supporting a Waco teen who was in a coma for weeks after suffering a severe head injury while tumbling at a local gym.
In mid-February, 14-year-old Blake Hyland was performing a new gymnastics trick he had just learned, one that required him to jump off of a springboard and land inside a foam pit.
While performing the trick, Hyland’s father Pat says their son clipped the foam pit, hitting his shoulder on the side of the pit and whip-lashing his head into the concrete beside it.
Hyland was rushed to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco where surgeons removed one fourth of his skull after his brain began to bleed.
He was then transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
There he spent three weeks in a coma.
Doctors told Pat his son might not survive.
“The doctor met us and told us that there was a 50/50 chance that Blake would survive," Hyland said.
"You never want to hear those words."
His family began a page called “Prayers for Blake Hyland” shortly after the accident.
It has more than 12,000 likes, and has been visited by people worldwide.
Encouragement, prayer, and updates are posted their daily.
“The comfort that we got from everyone and just knowing that God was in control, just gave us a sense of peace that we could have never gotten from anywhere else,” Hyland said.
Blake is now making a recovery that doctors are calling nothing short of a miracle. He’s since come out of his coma, is talking, and working to regain motor function in parts of his body.
The portion of his skull that was removed has also been replaced.
Pat credits both his faith and the prayers that have come from all around the world for the pace of his son’s recovery.
“The strides we've made are absolute miracles and should have never happened from a medical standpoint," Hyland said.
“What God's done during the last six weeks has given us enough evidence as to what he's going to do in the next 3 to 6 months."
Yet Hyland’s journey to full health is just beginning. Pat says he won’t take his eyes off of the finish line until his son is healed.
“What I can do to help that is to not look back and ask why this happened,” Hyland said.
“The way we can make that happen is by looking up and looking forward."