(WXYZ) - You’ve seen what it looks like when a train hits a car. But what about, when a train hits a human being?
Doctors say it’s a miracle that 14-year-old Jacob Marion is still alive.
Jacob is still recovering after being hit by a train on the tracks right behind his house in Wyandotte on February 28 th of this year.
Eyewitnesses say it looked like Jacob was walking right next to the tracks, when the train snagged his book bag and pulled him violently under the train.
Jacob broke his neck in two places, had to have his right hand and forearm amputated, and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
”We have to basically teach Jacob to walk again, talk again, eat again, do everything again. We have to help his brain re-wire itself over time,” Monica Marion, Jacob’s mom tells us.
Once a sweet 14- year-old teenager who loved to play the trumpet in the school band, Jacob now must have 24-hour/7-day-a-week bedside care.
His mother, a single mom raising a total of 4 children, has been forced to take a leave of absence from work to care for him and the family is struggling just to get by on Social Security benefits.
So far, somehow, Monica has been able to get Jacob all he needs, except for one very expensive thing –a handicap-accessible bathroom, with a walk-in/roll-in shower, so that Monica can wash her son in his wheelchair.
As it is now, she has no choice but to wash her son out on the back porch, like many people wash their pets, with a sponge and a pitcher of water.
So tonight I am looking for a construction contractor or a large construction company to agree to build that bathroom in what used to be Monica’s dining room.
If you think you would like to help us, help Jacob, please email me Bill Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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