CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Allen family spoke for the first time Tuesday afternoon after their 18-year-old son Andrew was hit by two cars while crossing the street the week before.
The teen also known as ‘Drew’ is the brother of the two-year-old, Brody Allen, who captured the Greater Cincinnati area’s hearts before recently passed away from a battle with cancer.
The family held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to thank the community for their prayers and support and to thank first responders and doctors for caring for Andrew.
“They saved his life. They’ll tell you that’s just their job and that’s who they are but someone said to me today it’s their passion. Well, thank God it’s their passion. They’re here for us in a moment’s notice without question and put themselves at risk. They do all these things and it goes unnoticed. But for me it never does. They’re amazing, they’re heroes.” said Andrew’s father, Todd Allen.
Doctors said Andrew’s health has progressed, to some degree, they said he’s been able to have some smaller surgeries over the past few days.
Allens said their faith and the community support had carried them through it all.
“So many people all over the world are part of team Brody praying for Andrew and sending their well wishes is just immeasurable in my mind," he said. “I don’t know what the future hold for Andrew. I know that our family will rely on your strength and your prayer and your love and compassion.”
As far as the investigation into the crash, Colerain Police say the drivers who hit Andrew are cooperating and will not be charged. They said Andrew was not in the crosswalk while crossing the street.
The community has organized a blood drive Thursday, Nov. 29, at Southland Baptist Church.
It will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. at 2485 Springdale Road.