A Teutopolis teen is recovering from a serious car-pedestrian accident earlier this month in Rockford, and is drawing support from people around the world.
Aaron Green, 17, was walking across a busy street in Rockford on June 12 when he was struck by a car. He required immediate surgery to draw blood off his brain and spent a week on a ventilator, said the Rev. Jeremy Amster, pastor at Southside Baptist Church in Effingham.
Aaron, the son of Scott and Christina Green, had been in the area with his mother visiting his great-grandmother in nearby Loves Park.
While the impact broke a number of Aaron's bones, Amster said the most serious injuries are to his brain.
"What he's facing is life with a traumatic brain injury," the pastor said.
But dad Scott said the boy's long-term prognosis is a good one, though he cautioned that Aaron may have some physical limitations for the rest of his life.
"We believe he's going to be back to normal, but he will need a lot of therapy," the elder Green said.
Scott said his son is awake, but heavily sedated by pain medication.
"He can talk, but when he talks right now, it's just a bunch of nonsense," he said.
Scott said Aaron has improved to the point where he may get out of a Rockford hospital by the end of this week.
"We will move him to a rehab center to retain what he has left," he said. "We hope to have him home by the end of the summer."
In addition to Southside Baptist, the boy's recovery has drawn support from churches all over the world.
Scott, a financial analyst for Midland States Bank in Effingham, said the family is heartened by letters and prayers from people in more than 50 countries, including Australia, the Philippines and Canada, as well as all over the United States.
Amster said people interested in helping the Greens with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills may send donations, for now, to Southside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 99, Effingham, IL 62401. Both he and Scott Green said a more formal benefit site may be set up at a later date.
Aaron, who is home-schooled, is the oldest of five Green children — and the only boy. The family has lived in Teutopolis for three years.
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