Seth's Story

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Little Things Make A Big Difference on Road to Recovery

Easter Sunday happened to collide with Seth’s 13th birthday this year, and it turned out to be a day he will never forget, yet not fully remember, for the rest of his life.

Seth and older brother Danny went out for a ride on the family’s ATV Ranger. It was a day just like many others; it was a common sight to spot people driving Rangers down to the creek, through the woods, to a neighbor’s house, or even into town for an errand.

The purpose of Seth and Danny’s ride today was purely recreational. With Seth in the driver’s seat, they sped through the wilderness of Wellman, Iowa, hunting for Morel mushrooms. Heading from one spot to another, Seth took a turn a little too fast and the Ranger flipped, landing upside down and rolling. Seth was not wearing a helmet or a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle.

Danny got Seth back to the family’s home, where his parents were able to easily determine he had a head injury. He was life-flighted to the University of Iowa Hospital; evaluation determined a skull fracture and brain bleed. Seth underwent surgery that evening, receiving 80 stitches and two drains of blood from his brain.

Seth arrived at ChildServe on April 19 in a wheelchair, unable to walk on his own or talk. He spent four weeks in the Transitional Care Unit, receiving intense physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapy.