Saturday, July 27, 2013
His speech is not the same. He struggles to walk.
But Eddie Caddell is constantly reaching new milestones in his recovery.
"My son has been progressing every day," mother Tanesha Carter said. "I see it with my own eyes. I can just tell the difference."
On July 5, Eddie, 6, and his uncle, Sonny Fergueson, were on a horse crossing 21st Street near Piatt in Wichita when they were hit by a car. They were thrown from the horse and then hit by another car.
Fergueson and the horse were killed in the accident. Eddie suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken femur.
At the suggestion of a Wichita doctor, Eddie is now receiving treatment at the Madonna Rehab Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. His parents say he's progressing thanks to a team of specialized therapists who are at his side.
Eddie's parents spoke with Bonney Bowman of our Lincoln affiliate KOLN-TV.
"It can be kind of hard sometimes, but they never get frustrated," said Eddie Caddell, Eddie's father. "They never get mad. They just take their time with him."
The day of the accident is still fresh in their minds.
Carter says she remembers the moments after receiving the frightening phone call about the accident.
"I was just thinking, 'I had to get there.' I was driving so fast," Carter said.
They say their son wouldn't be having this chance at rehabilitation, he wouldn't be alive, if it wasn't for Fergueson's heroic actions.
"My uncle Sonny, he's the one who saved (Eddie's) life because he rolled over my son to protect him from the impact of the second car," Caddell said.
While little Eddie takes steps toward good health, the family is still sick knowing the driver who hurt their son and killed his uncle has yet to have been caught or to have turned himself or herself in.
"You don't have a conscience? It didn't get to you after you went two or three blocks down the street? I mean you just ran over two people," Caddell said.
Police are searching for a silver or gray 2003 to 2005 Mercury Marquis with extensive front end damage. Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest.
Eddie's parents say they'll keeping hoping for justice and keep hoping Eddie continues to make strides in his recovery.
"I don't care if it takes all year, I mean, I'm going to be waiting and ready for him to just be like, 'Mommy, I'm all better!,'" Carter said.
A fund has been set up to help Eddie as he continues his road to recovery. Donations can be dropped off at any local Emprise Bank. You can also send donations to the bank by mail to: P.O. Box 2970, Wichita, KS 67201. Donations can also be made online by visiting the following link: www.gofundme/com/3owxok