2-year-old left paralyzed in road rage crash prays to cut the lawn
Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM
SAN ANTONIO -- On Wednesday, 2-year-old Braylon Nelson was finally released from Santa Rosa Hospital after recovering from a road rage-fueled accident in October.
Kirby police said the boy was strapped into his car seat when his father's car was hit during a road rage incident between two other drivers on Seguin Road last October. Little Braylon suffered a broken neck and was left paralyzed from the neck down.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says when he first saw the stories of Braylon he wanted to find a way to help. He visited with Braylon several times and got the San Antonio Police Association involved with help for the family.
“He pulls your heart a little bit when you see him," McManus said.
Braylon's family said he has made great progress. His great-grandmother said she rides the bus to the hospital every day and she cries before she gets there and when she leaves. But when she sees Braylon, he makes her laugh.
“They told us this is as much as you will ever see,” Carolyn Matthews said. “He wasn’t moving any of his limbs. Since that time, Braylon moves his head he even has movement in his arms and legs."
Braylon spends a lot of his time learning to read.
“Run. Run fast as you can. You can’t catch me cause I’m the gingerbread man,” Braylon read to his great-grandmother.
Matthews said she prays with the small boy every day.
“And one day he closed his eyes and prayed, ‘Help Braylon cut the grass. Amen,” she recalled.