Nagel middle school student hit by bus talks about amazing recovery

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Nagel Middle School student who was hit by a bus January 4th is speaking out about his amazing recovery.

Alexander Aldridge, 12, was hit by a bus after he darted in between two school buses on Nagel Road. He had to be flown to Children's Hospital, where he spent several days in critical condition.

Alex still has a long road to recovery, but he knows he is well on his way. He isn't 100 percent yet, but he is confident he will be soon. "Not by football season. Probably not basketball season either."

The 6'3" 7th grader is a litter taller these days. His new custom made helmet, complete with his favorite Michigan colors, is protecting the so-called gentle giant as he takes baby steps again.

"Helping Alex relearn certain things; the fact that he does have the collar, prevents him from doing certain things on his own right now so it requires a lot more time and attention to get sometimes basic things done," said Alex's mother .

His mother stays home full time now to help him. Alex spent three and a half weeks in Children's Hospital. His mom, Aprille, says he still has a long road of therapy ahead. They won't know the full prognosis for another year. Still, they're hopeful Alex could return to school this spring.

"He went at it with a very positive attitude," said Aprille. "Even though sometimes he got frustrated, he didn't let that get the best of him."

Alex says he owes it all to those around him. "Thanks for all the support. Really, thank you very much. Can't, really. I think that's where my recovery came from. All the prayers," said Alex.

Alex says he feels stronger every day. He has another surgery coming up, on the left side of his skull. Right now, he is excited to watch the Super Bowl this weekend; and get this, he is rooting for the Steelers.

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