An 8-year-old boy shows how a little determination and hard work can go a long way.
Xavier Gonzalez was hit by an SUV going 55 mph while he was riding his mini-bike on a road in Comstock in 2016 and had multiple critical injuries. His family feared his brain injury the most and how much it would impact his life.
His recovery since then has been nothing short of remarkable, because he is once again on the move and undeterred by special challenges he faces every day.
Anna Baker, Xavier’s grandmother, said, "It wasn't a typical brain injury. They said most brain injury people don’t look the same afterwards, he's always looked the same in his face.”
Xavier was enjoying a ride on his mini-bike two years ago, just moments before the accident that would change his life.
A teenage driver struck him with an SUV by accident as he was playing.
"We forgave him right then and there at the accident. I looked at him and I'm just like, 'It's OK. It's not your fault,'” Baker said.
Baker said Xavier had broken bones, a collapsed lung and a blood clot in his brain. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma for several weeks.
Baker said, "I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life right now except being here for him and watching him get better all of the time.”
There were months of therapy and eating through tubes. Xavier was left with permanent damage but hard work has him on a positive path. A trait that shines through in everything he does.
"They said at school he always wants to do the hardest thing and by himself. He's always pushing himself,” Baker said.
Looking for any opportunity to try something challenging, even getting back up on a motorbike.
"For him to have all his own motivation, I couldn't imagine trying to do it without that,” Baker said.
She said Xavier was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and believes if he had been, he may not be dealing with brain injuries.
She hopes Xavier's story might help someone else out there have a little faith.