Thousands Support Local Teen After Gymnastics Accident

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WACO (February 23, 2014) A Waco teen in a coma is receiving nationwide support after he suffered a severe head injury while tumbling at a local cheer gym.

Last Tuesday, 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 parents say their son missed and clipped the foam pit, hitting his shoulder on the side of the pit and whiplashing his head into the concrete.

Hyland was rushed to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco where surgeons removed one third of his skull after his brain began to bleed.

The teen has since been transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, and has been in a coma since the accident.

According to David Stringer, a family friend, doctors gave Hyland’s family an unfavorable prognosis.

"They basically said that of all the people who sustain a traumatic brain injury like Blake did, 50 percent don't live through the event," Stringer said.

“They said most people don’t wake up from this type of injury, and left it by saying it would take a miracle for Blake to come out of it.”

Yet, since the news, Hyland has miraculously shown signs of progress.

Over the weekend, Hyland successfully squeezed a nurse’s hand when asked. Stringer says he also opened his eyes a little on command.

The responses have given the Hyland family hope. Hyland’s story has reached thousands through Facebook. His family began a page called “Prayers for Blake Hyland” shortly after his accident.

As of Sunday, it had over 3,000 likes, and had been visited by an estimated 87,000 people from all over the U.S., Germany, Australia, and Canada.

Stringer says the overflowing support is what the Hyland family needs to keep going.

“They did not anticipate this, but I really think they feel a sense of strength through their faith and all the people who have shown support."