On September 19, six-year-old Caleb Clausen was riding an electric scooter when he lost control and headed into a nearby road. The little boy was hit by a passing tanker, and after miraculously surviving the accident, he remained in a medically-induced coma at a Peoria hospital for three weeks.
A fractured skull, two broken femurs and a broken pelvis were just some of the injuries young Caleb sustained, but he stubbornly held on to life.
“We were told by a neurologist and another doctor that Caleb is never going to eat on his own again, he’ll never breathe on his own again, and he’ll be stuck in a vegetative state the rest of his life,” dad Ben Clausen recalled.
But the doctors had no idea just how strong the little boy’s will to survive would be. Day after day, little Caleb beat the odds as he recovered to the point of being able to eat on his own. After nearly a dozen surgeries, Caleb does suffer from memory issues and an altered personality, but he’s still recovering and could soon be back to normal.
The residents of Walnut, IL, which is located west of Chicago, (see video below) have been working to raise enough money to help the family of six afford medical expenses and pay for childcare for Caleb’s three other siblings, because his parents need to focus on his recovery. A Facebook page called “Prayers For Caleb” offers love and prayers as the family shares updates on his progress.
Just three months into his healing journey, Caleb rode a bike and walked again for the first time, shocking doctors who didn’t think he had a chance.
“A lot of doctors could tell Caleb is very stubborn and he always has been, and that actually played a huge role in his recovery,” his father said. “We were told by an educator that she has every reason to believe we will be getting our old son back. He’s definitely our miracle child.”
Now that he’s home, Caleb will continue his physical and occupational therapy three to five days a week at a center located about an hour away from his home.
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