BURLINGTON – 15-year-old Dylan Freeman is slowly making progress after being hit by a car in late May while he was riding his bicycle on U.S. 61 in Gibsonville. He was thrown nearly 100 feet and wasn't wearing a helmet. He didn't break any bones, but suffered severe head trauma. Now, Dylan's having to relearn the basics with the help of the woman who taught him the first time.
"When I went back in to see Dylan, my mom went in with me and he was hooked to a ventilator because he wasn't breathing on his own," Dylan's mom, Christy Freeman, said. "Scariest thing ever in my life to see my child laying like that and me not being able to fix it or do anything to make it better."
Life has been far from normal for the single mother of two. She had to take a leave of absence from work in order to be in Charlotte with Dylan at the Levine Children's Hospital. She also makes the nearly two-hour road trip back to Burlington when she can to see her other son.
"Eight weeks ago tomorrow, I promised my son that I wouldn't quit. And I'm not going to because if I quit, he quits," she said. "I don't know how I do it sometimes, but my strength, it comes from the Lord."
Christy said Dylan has come a long way in the past three weeks since he's been at the hospital in Charlotte. He is now able to sit up on his own and lift his head. Dylan does different types of therapy for about four and a half hours a day. He's teaching his muscles how to stand up, sit down and for the first time since the accident, give his mom a hug.
"I've definitely learned patience. The Lord is teaching me that every day. Dylan is nowhere near where I wish he was at, but he progresses and gets better every day," Christy said.
It is unclear when Dylan will be able to leave the hospital because of the head injury, but his dream is to one day become a firefighter. Christy said she prays her son will be able to live a normal life.
"He's just a really good kid. I want him to be able to go back to school, graduate with his class. All of those things are important," Christy said. "I don't want this to limit anything for his future."
If you would like to follow Dylan's recovery, you can visit the Facebook page, Prayers for Dylan Freeman, by clicking here.