WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - An 11-year-old Wichita boy who was hit by a car while riding his bike to school last month has been awake for a short while now, and his parents hope to move him to a rehabilitation hospital soon. 

Nathan Veith's mother said on social media four days after the Sept. 20 accident that Nathan had woken up. 

"And boy howdy did he wake up!! He is so strong!!" Angela Veith said. "He was fighting the vent, fighting us, trying to pull at things, sitting himself up, wiggling his booty, and he OPENED HIS EYES."

Nathan was riding his bicycle through the crosswalk at West Central and Redbarn, on his way to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, when he was hit by an eastbound car at around 7:40 a.m. 

A witness said crosswalk's traffic light was red when Nathan crossed. He said when the car struck the boy, he flew into the air and landed on the asphalt. The witness and a nurse rendered aid and called 911.

Angela said Nathan suffered multiple facial and skull fractures, resulting in brain bleeding and swelling.

In her latest update on Monday, Angela said physical and speech therapists had been working with her son and that he'd been opening his eyes a lot more. He was still on a feeding tube as of Monday. 

"Unfortunately, Nate is basically like an infant again," Angela said. "He will have to relearn all the things again over the course of the coming months. The brain injury rehab is the best place for him to be to start the process."

She added that despite his facial fractures, he likely will not need surgery. 

Nathan's parents hope to have him moved to a more intensive rehab hospital soon for the more specialized therapy that he needs.