INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence teen and his family are giving thanks a day before Thanksgiving, because Tyler Harter, 13, who was hit by a car on Halloween night was at last able to leave the hospital on Wednesday.
On Halloween night, Tyler and a friend were trick-or-treating near Highway 24 and Bay Ave., not far from Tyler’s neighborhood, when Tyler darted out into the street and got hit by the car.
He doesn’t remember it because he immediately blacked out, suffering several skull fractures and bleeding on the brain. He broke his left leg and seriously injured his right shoulder.
According to doctors, he also lost hearing in his right ear as a result of the accident.
When Tyler’s mother got the call that he’d been hurt, she said she was terrified.
“I was kind of hysterical because I didn’t know if my child was alive or dead,” she said.
After almost a month in intensive care, Tyler has made a big turn-around and is in rehabilitation. On Wednesday, he was able to leave the hospital, just in time to eat his favorite foods on Thanksgiving Day.
He’s looking forward to deviled eggs and turkey.
“A whole lot of turkey,” he said. He also plans to play a whole lot of video games.
His mother is beyond thankful that her son, though critically injured, does not have brain damage from his head injury.
“I think he’s lucky. I think he’s a miracle,” she said. “Because he doesn’t have any significant brain damage. Consider all the head injuries. It could’ve been a different story.”