GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Sam Barlow High School junior Bobby Asa went to the football game against Oregon City Friday night and went out on the field with his team.
It was an inspiring event for the 17-year-old who was critically hurt in late June in a crash literally in front of his Gresham house.
Just after midnight on June 27, Bobby was driving home from a friend’s house when he turned to back into his driveway. But a friend driving behind him didn’t see Bobby’s car. The impact of the crash threw Bobby back, leaving him with brain damage, a fractured skull and spinal cord damage.
Doctors told the family he would likely be paralyzed, and he spent 6 weeks in a coma.
He said he doesn’t remember anything about the crash and his family said that’s a blessing.
But Bobby, who was a JV football player last year, was released from Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel Friday afternoon, is learning to walk again and plans to be on the field with his teammates.
“It feels good and I’m excited to be home,” he told KOIN 6 News.
Though he’s using a wheelchair now, he can walk with help.
“Walking is good. I’m getting to relearn it and learning how to be in a wheelchair, so re-learning, kind of, life again.”
He said he respects life more now because he realized “it can be taken away just like that. That’s what I think mostly, and not taking stuff for granted is what I want to do now.”
According to posts on the Facebook page, “Miracles for Bobby Asa,” and his sister, Lexi Asa, he is doing much better.
On Monday, Lexi posted photos of Bobby standing with friends and family from over the weekend. His family celebrated Bobby’s progress with “Bake for Bobby,” an open house to thank the community for all their help and support.
Lexi told KOIN 6 News around 200 people stopped by to speak with Bobby and their family. She said people continue to be amazed by the “miraculous recovery” Bobby has made since his nearly fatal accident.
“Well, I think it is a miracle because, like, right now, I shouldn’t even be doing what I’m doing,” he said. “I should be in a bed right now, but I’m not. So that’s great.”
He said he drew his strength from his family and the many who supported him. Everyone was thrilled when Bobby returned home Friday, but he has a simple and heartfelt message.
“I just want to say, like, thank you to everyone who helped.”