POTTSVILLE, Pa. - A little boy from Schuylkill County is overcoming the odds following a bizarre accident less than two months ago.
True grit can be defined by the strength of the mind; Mikey Allen is as gritty as they come.
"Amazed, amazed, just amazed. It's a blessing he's coming home, truly a miracle," his parents, John and Serenity, said.
In March, Mikey was in a coma. It was the result of being hit in the head by a runaway boulder while playing at the bottom of a ravine near his Pottsville home.
"Mikey sustained a traumatic injury that affected his brain," lead therapist at Good Shepherd's Pediatric Therapy Department Carissa Snelling said.
The entire left side of his body was paralyzed.
69 News caught up with Mikey just a week ago. It was only his second day at the Good Shepherd Pediatric Therapy Department in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
The 7-year-old had to learn to walk and use his muscles all over again.
"I'm amazingly impressed with what he is doing. He's one of the hardest working kids we've had," nurse Sarah Barnabas said.
"We are just really, really thankful and happy. You don't think you'd ever be a part of that but on the other hand we get to be part of a miracle too," Serenity said tearfully.
"Mikey is certainly the exception not the rule with a brain injury. His progress has been very fast. It's pretty remarkable," Snelling added.
Mikey is going home a week early.
For those who know Mikey, it's really no surprise.
"He has a whole town behind him, great family and friends, so, so thankful," Serenity said while fighting back the tears.
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