The last-place occasion Will Allen played baseball was Feb. 3. “His fathers” and coach, Tim Allen, sloped so Will, 7, and his Little League teammates have had an opportunity to some batting pattern. What happened on the ram home may impede Will from ever playing again.
Another car collided head-on with Tim’s truck. Tim gathered himself from the wreckage, but he immediately collapsed on the roadway. When he saw Will still caught inside, Tim believed he’d lost his youngest child.
“The look on his face and attentions is something that I will never remember, ” said Tim, 42, a banker who lives in Dripping Springs, Texas. “Then I hear him crying, so I knew he was alive.”
The worst didn’t happen, but Will sustained major spinal hurts and is now paralyzed below his chest. Will was hospitalized for two months and has been attending therapy since a few weeks after the accident. His brain hurts appear to have wholly healed, but his doctors give him only a slight fortune of ever walking again. While Tim suffered less serious injuries, he still needed surgery and spent eight days in the hospital.
Paralysis has been an especially heartbreaking diagnosis for a little boy who loves baseball, gym class and razzing dirt bikes with his big sister, Kyla, who is 8.
“There have been some times — very complicated minutes — where we’ve had real a discussion with him. Life doesn’t prepare you to have real, adult-like conversations with your 7-year-old, ” Tim said. “He’s had some instants where he will tell us that,’ I want to walk again. I want to be upright. I miss playing baseball.’”
This is how the Allen family joined the thousands of Americans parent fund via GoFundMe campaigns in order to alleviate the financial burden of lifesaving medical care. Will’s and Tim’s ambulance salvages, surgeries and hospital stands came at a high cost, the scope of which Tim doesn’t even know yet.