COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - The father of Brody Allen says his older son is in critical condition after he was hit by multiple vehicles while crossing a street in Colerain Township. The accident happened on Nov. 5, just days after they laid Brody to rest.
Todd Allen shared the information to the family's Team Brody Facebook page. That Facebook page was created to update people as their two-year-old son, Brody, battled brain cancer. Brody died on Oct. 19.
Now, Todd Allen says he may lose another son. He and Shilo were on a cruise at the time, trying to get away from everything. It took about a day to get ahold of them, said police.
Police had said two people were hurt in the accident on Springdale Road near Niagara Street, including Drew. Colerain Police said One car clipped him, a second car swerved to avoid him, and a third hit him.
Allen says Andrew "Drew" Allen has a traumatic brain injury, damage to his heart and lungs, multiple compound fractures to both legs, kidney damage and more. Todd Allen says Drew is in a state of medically induced paralysis. He is on a ventilator.
"Today as I sit at Andrew's hospital bedside I know that I am not strong enough to do this on my own," Todd Allen wrote on the Team Brody Facebook page. "Please, if your inclined, pray for Andrew's healing and recovery. I don't care what faith, language, religion, or perspective in life you come from. Your prayers, thoughts and well wishes carried us and more importantly, I believe, gave Brody the strength and a little extra time, to live his last days to the fullest with absolute joy. Please, we need your help again. It's unfathomable that I am asking this of you today. Please pray for Andrew and our family. We cannot do this without you. Thank you all so much. God bless you and your families.
Todd Allen posted on Team Brody's Facebook page on Saturday morning:
"Good morning everyone. Just an update. Andrew is fighting! He has not woke up yet. There have been improvements but they are small. There have not been any setbacks! He has made small progress each and every day. He is not out of the woods by any measure. He is still very sick. The swelling in his body has come down considerably. His heart is strong and running normally now. He is still being assisted by a ventilator, but not as much. Surgery on his legs has been postponed until he is stronger. He is an incredible fighter..
Thank you for all your love and support. Andrew still needs the world to pray. Please continue to help him in this fight."
I want to thank the medical staff for all the brilliant care he has received. To have him here today is a testament to their skill. They saved his life all the while, loving him like he is one of there own. A special thanks to all those who have made this difficult time here for our family comfortable. Thank you for looking after us personally, when you don't have too. We are so blessed to have such an amazing group of men and women looking after us all.
This has been an awful several weeks for us. Despite the heartache and tragedy, we are hopeful and feel blessed. First and foremost God is with us and has a plan. I'm not going to say it's always been easy and there haven't very serious conversations with God. But he is with us and we trust he will see us through. He always has. He answers prayers. We see it everyday. He after all, sent you. Thank you for being here for us. Thank you for the strength, love, support, and most of all prayers. We could not do this without all of you. From the depths of my soul thank you for caring us. God bless you and your family. The Allens.
Todd Allen posted on Team Brody's Facebook page on Saturday morning:
Good morning everyone. I just wanted to update everyone on Andrew's progress.
Andrew had three surgical procedures yesterday. All three where a sucess and he is doing well. Two of the three were necessary for Andrew to move out of the ICU and to a long term rehab center. Special thanks to all of those involved in taking care of him during and after these latest surgeries.
Andrew has one final hurdle to recovery. It will be his most difficult and uncertain of all his injuries. Andrew has a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. We have been briefed on the MRI results, and they are not good. They show that his brain suffered from Brain Shearing in areas during his accident. That's when the connections between brain cells seperate and are unable to communicate with each other. He is also showing signs of mini strokes throughout his brain. Due to the extreme loss of blood, at times his brain wasn't properly oxygenated. When I asked the lead neurologist what Andrew's chances of recovery were and what his future looked like a year from now, she sighed. She stated that she wasn't sure if he would ever do much more that he is today. But she also said she doesn't know. Every injury is different and that the brain has ways to work around damaged areas. His age works in his favor as well. It turns out that male brains don't fullt mature until their mid twenties. (All of the women here privately agreed male brains never really mature, lol.)
That's his current medial condition.
So now what?
To be honest, I don't know. We are a huge mix of emotions. Brody was laid to rest just 22 days ago. Andrew's accident was 13 days ago. I can't put into words how outrageously difficult these past few months have been.
How much can one family endure? God has given us challenges that I don't think any family should ever bear. I have doubted many times my own ability to lead our family through this. I've learned we can endure much more than we think and we are all greater than we believe. God is not the reason for our circumstances. He didn't do this to us. We're all human. Brody got cancer. Andrew was involved in a terrible accident. We're not the only family to ever have terrible things happen to them. Everyone will have difficult times in their life. Many have had much worse than us. So we will continue to lean on him and you. You have followed our families journey for a reason. It's different for all of you. I can't express how important you all are to us. When I am at my weakest I can go on Team Brody and you are there for me. At our darkest hours you have been there to pick me back up and help me carry on. I'm not sure why God lead you to us. But he did for a reason and I will never be able to thank you enough for answering the call when we needed you most.
God has a plan for us all. It's without question that we would give anything to have Brody here with us today. Many parents lose their children suddenly and without warning. We were given the chance to say goodbye. We all got to watch as God showed us, through Brody, how we should all live our lives. With pure joy and a full heart. That little boy lived a a hundred lifetimes in 2 1/2 short years. He brought a world together. He inspired thousands and made me a better man. I can assure you that when we got Brody's diagnosis in May, none one knew what God had in store us.
What does our family do from here?
First we lean on God now more than ever. Our faith has sustained us and you have carried us. God has a plan at work with Andrew too! I don't know what it but i've learned to trust him. God's got this! Brody's diagnosis had no bearing on how he would change and move us all. Andrews prognosis will NOT either. As his doctor stated, every case is different and no one really knows what his future looks like. I agree. None of us will ever know what our future holds. November 5th we were told Andrew had a very poor chance of survival. He's alive today. He improves little by little everyday. I sometimes doubt my own abilities, but I'll never doubt God's. The future is out there and God has a plan. My job is to live each day as Brody taught us, moment by moment, with joy, and a full heart.
With you by our side and God watching over us, i'm prepared to see where this next journey leads us.
Thank you all so much for for your support, love, and most of all prayers. We need you all now more than ever. God bless you all and your families. The Allen family.