A young boy named Noble Haksell who survived an accident with a broken neck has overcome as he graduates with good grades from Colorado High School in the United States.
Noble Haksell is an 18-year-old athlete from Colorado who was involed in a car accident at the age of 16 while on a road trip with his friends. He broke his neck and vital bones as a result of the accident.
Noble said he was able to survive the accident because he was rushed by an emergency flight to a nearby hospital where they took the broken bones out and stabled his neck for continuous treatment.
“Three of my good buddies from cross country were all taking a road trip right before a couple of them left off to college and left off to the army – one last hoorah if you will. We went to Branson, Missouri. On our way back, we were passing through Kansas on I-70 and we were rear-ended,” Noble recalled.
”And I was Flight for Life from Russell, Kansas, down to Wichita where they had to perform surgeries to take the broken bones out of my neck, fuse my neck, but basically try to do what they needed to do to make it so I had the best possible chance for recovery,” he said of what happened two years ago,” he added.
Daniel said he spent the next 31 days in the Hospital after he was recued, followed by four more months at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado before he was able to recover.
“When I first initially started realizing what was happening, a lot of it was just ignorance because I didn’t quite know what followed an injury like this,” he said. .
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Noble further said though recovering was strange to him, he was able to learn how to make use of his new body.
“Day by Day, I slowly gained a lot more mobility and strength. Obviously I lost a lot of muscle, but I was able to start doing a flicker with my finger; a flicker of my big toe. That snowballed into more movement, more strength, and more mobility all around,” he said.
Upon recovery, Noble went back to school with encouragement from his family and colleagues, and was able to pull through school with walking stick. He said his goal was to be able to walk alone at his graduation to receive his diploma certificate and he’s glad he did.
“The biggest thing I was thinking to myself was just don’t fall, I didn’t want to fall in front of all those people. I’ve fallen a couple times, but I didn’t want that time to be one of them,” he said.
Daniel’s mother, Kris Haskell described Noble’s recovery as a miracle. She said him walking at his graduation was not something she saw as impossible and she’s glad he did it.
“So to think about where he was two years ago, and to see him walk today, really was a miracle and it wasn’t just a big miracle, it was a hundred miracles along the way,” Kris said.
“I knew that he would walk again I knew that he would run and I think that’s what faith has been for us, that belief when you can’t see it, just the relentless going after it and belief that he’s going to do it — and he did,” she added.
Noble’s family hosted a 5K Walk/Run to raise funds for his continued therapy. The cost is $5 to run with additional donations accepted which will go directly to Noble’s therapy to run again.
Noble said he will be waiting for his total recovery before moving on to the university.