A 7-year-old boy remains in the intensive care unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital after he got trapped under a dashboard during a crash earlier this month in Miami.
Branden Maitland, a first-grade student who loves basketball, is in stable condition, but he still has a long recovery.
He will have to learn to walk and talk again, but his family wants everyone to know that the young boy is a fighter.
The family’s world changed overnight April 3 when Branden was nearly killed in a collision that left him pinned under the dashboard of his grandfather’s car.
Since then, his parents have been by his side trying their best to help him move on from the incident, but it hasn’t been easy.
“He was sleeping and just started crying and saying, ‘No, no, no!’ I don’t know if he was having flashbacks,” Branden’s mother, Karen Maitland, said.
Branden suffered multiple fractures throughout his body, and a ruptured kidney caused severe internal bleeding.
“(They) opened him to make sure no other organ was bleeding,” Maitland said.
It’s unclear whether Branden will ever walk again, but his condition is already improving. His family said he is finally breathing on his own.
“It is tough, but we are hanging in there,” Maitland said.
Branden’s family said he suffers from seizures, so the crash only complicated things for his health.
Still, the Maitland family said they are grateful that Branden, who is one of three siblings, is closer to going home.
Branden’s grandfather was recently released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
It’s unclear when exactly Branden will be able to go home, but his family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received since the crash.
“It has been amazing,” Maitland said. “I can’t complain. A lot of support from family members and co-workers.”
Miami police said the crash remains an ongoing investigation
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