Three and a half weeks ago, paramedics in Edmond, Okla., rushed two teenagers to the hospital with life-threatening head injuries. They boys were car surfing.
"Seeing him on the ventilator and just the degree of his head and the swelling and blood coming out of his nose and ears, it was awful," mom Shelley Smith said.
Surveillance cameras captured the two boys' moments before they were launched off the SUV, sliding more than 30 feet down the road.
Luke Smith just went home after rehab at the Children's Center in Bethany. He's in a wheelchair for now, but he's lucky to be alive after some touch and go in the first few days.
"It was not until Sunday afternoon that they were actually able to lower his sedation level and bring him to. And at that point, we knew that he knew who he was and that he knew who we were," dad Phil Smith said.
Doctors say Luke has made huge strides with the extent of his injuries. The other boy hurt in the crash is still in the hospital. A police report shows he only opened his eyes for the first time a couple days ago. Phil and Shelley Smith know their son could have died, and if nothing happens, someone else will.
"I hope that this raises awareness and that parents will have conversations with their, not just boys, their adolescents," Shelley Smith said.
Luke said he was looking forward to going home and getting life back to normal after a long stay in the hospital. He still has a long road of recovery ahead. Charges in the case are still pending. There were seven people inside the SUV. The driver was only 15.
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