Apr 5, 2013 10:54 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI -- When Christian Carrillo first arrived at Memorial Hospital doctors told his mother he probably would not survive. Now, one month later, he's breathing on his own, and even counting using his fingers.
"I don't think it's a miracle. I know it's a miracle. I know it is," said Misty Taylor, Carrillo's mother. "Every time I walk into the room there's a miracle laying in front of me."
Carrillo, 17, was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Ayers Street Mar. 3. When he first arrived at the hospital, he was on life support, and doctors gave him a grim prognosis.
In cell phone video his family released Friday, Carrillo is seen counting to three using his fingers, and giving his mother a high-five and thumbs-up. While his movement is limited, and his progress slow, it's more than doctors expected.
"Yesterday, a doctor stated to me that he would have bet money that Christian wouldn't even have survived," Taylor said. "So, they [the doctors] are really surprised where he is now."
After he is released from the hospital, Carrillo will be moved to a neurological rehabilitation center in Austin where he will stay for at least two years. His mother said she plans to relocate with him.
Taylor has set up an account for anyone who would like to donate to help with the mounting medical bills. Donations can be made at any Frost Bank branch.