ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Dylan Freeman should be getting ready to start his sophomore year at Western Alamance. Instead, he has to relearn how to walk, talk and eat.
Back in May, 15-year-old Freeman was hit by car in Gibsonville while he was on a bike ride with his friend. Freeman has traumatic brain injuries and has spent the last three months in the hospital.
“He had two brain surgeries back to back and after the first one they pretty much came out and told his mom he’s not going to make it through the day. I mean, what do you do?” explains Natasha Johnson, who is friends with Dylan and his family.
Dylan and his mom get to come home on Wednesday.
Dylan has been a fighter. While he’s been working on healing, his community has been working on his home. Friends and family have installed railings in the shower and along his bed.
Since the accident, there have been several fundraisers in Alamance County to help out the family. The latest event was this past Sunday at The Fat Frogg in Elon.
“I’ve never met them. I’m sure I’ve met them in the passing or present but one of the cool thing is Alamance County is such a tight community even if you don’t know somebody you do know them through someone else,” explains Peter Ustach, co-ower of The Fat Frogg.
Although Dylan probably doesn’t realize yet just how much support surrounds him he is already starting with the thank yous. Dylan’s first is his mom. Last week he was able to type a letter all by himself. The letter said “Dear mom I love you t u.” The t and the u are short for thank you.
No charges have been filed against the driver.