Boy hit by truck walks after remarkable recovery | News
Sarasota, Florida -- By his big smile and subtle but heartwarming laugh, you'd never know what Isaiah Jackson is so thankful for this Easter.
"I can walk," he says.
He can walk and talk and it is making his family proud.
"This is our miracle," says his father, Sergio.
And what the 7-year-old has accomplished over the last two months is what he wanted to share with his church, The Source, as an Easter Sunday surprise.
Photo Gallery: Isaiah walks after his accident
In February, Isaiah was heading south on his bike along Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota. His parents were supervising him from their car, but Isaiah never stopped, rode onto a crosswalk, and ended up in the path of a dump truck. Skid marks are still visible on the street from the truck braking to avoid hitting him.
"The doctors said the reality might be that Isaiah wasn't going to be the same anymore," says Sergio.
Before the accident, Isaiah was a star wrestler, a two-time state champion. He's determined to get back to the sport. But first, he's determined to show what he's worked toward at Bayfront Medical Center and now at Tampa General Hospital - healing.
"We want to show you the miracle of how far he has come," Pastor Joanna Hoehne told the congregation before Isaiah walked slowly onto the stage.
And showing his church the steps he's made actually gave him the confidence to walk without help for the very first time.
"This kid is a fighter," Sergio says with pride. "He's our hero."