CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Andrew Allen is recovering after being hit by multiple vehicles a few months ago. The incident happened just weeks after his brother Brody died from a rare form of brain cancer.
On Tuesday the family thanked the team members at UC Medical Center who saved Andrew’s life.
“I don’t have a way to say thank you but I know somebody who does, Andrew,” said the boy’s father Todd Allen.
It was a very emotional day at UC Medical Center as the Allen family met with the medical staff to thank them for being there when Andrew needed it most following the accident in Colerain Township in November.
“You saved my life,” Andrew said.
Andrew’s parents Todd and Shilo Allen were in the middle of the ocean on a cruise when Andrew was hit. The two were trying to cope after their son Brody had passed away.
Here in Cincinnati, UC Medical Center staff members knew they had to get in touch with them. At least two of Andrew’s siblings had already made it to the hospital. Chaplain Rev. Andrew Ginnan and Social Worker Morgan Whitlow began looking up flights and even contacted the emergency number for the cruise ship making every attempt to reunite the family. Eventually they did. Todd and Shilo rushed home to Cincinnati knowing their son might not make it.
“When this happened this was something that I didn’t think we would survive ourselves," said Todd Allen. “I didn’t know how we would. Those 18 hours and 3,000 miles and one really, really crazy ride through Puerto Rico. To know that everyone was looking after them.”
Andrew is now stronger than ever having been through multiple surgeries. He’s walking, talking and on the road to recovery.
“He’s a fighter," Todd Allen said. "He’s just an absolute fighter -- you can’t tell him no.”
“To the Allen family, we feel like you are part of us," UC Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Rick Shumway said. "Hopefully you feel like we are apart of you.”
The Allen family simply says “Thank you” isn’t enough.
“You are amazing -- all of you," Todd Allen said. "Every single one of you are wired differently than the rest of us. You have this heart to serve. You represent the faces of hope to many people that have no idea they are going to need you until today.”
After the gathering, Andrew’s brother Cody proposed to his girlfriend Alyiah in a separate room in the hospital with the entire family right there. There were, of course, emotions as this unfolded. (She said yes.)
As for Andrew, we’re told he’s still doing therapy. He said another brain surgery last week. His dad says he has a long road ahead of him, but right now it’s about building his body back up.
Todd Allen also says the family has leaned on God and their faith these past several months.
“Brody taught us a lot,” he said. “I think he taught a lot of people a lot. Each day is a gift. Live it with the fullness that you can. Enjoy each moment that you have with your loved ones and just embrace whatever is thrown your way.”