A 5-year-old boy who spent three weeks in the hospital with a fractured skull has made a remarkable recovery, according to his mother.
Jessie Benenson's son, Harry, was released from the hospital last week and is now recovering at home with his family. She said Harry has been through weeks of intense physical therapy and surprised doctors with his recovery.
"He just got better every day," Benenson said.
Benenson's 18-month-old daughter, Rosemary, was also injured when a car jumped a curb and slammed into them on July 19 at the intersection of Southwest 72nd Avenue and Flavel Street.
Police cited 19-year-old Ashley Mason with careless driving after investigators said she fell asleep at the wheel and drove onto the sidewalk.
"I felt and saw the impact of Harry being hit," said Benenson, who was not injured in the crash. "I felt his hand being wrenched away from my hand. I saw the stroller flying."
Benenson said they were walking to her mother's house a few miles away from her house when she stopped to wait for the walk signal at the intersection.
Benenson said Harry suffered a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury in the crash. Rosemary suffered a sprained arm and a cut lip.
Harry spent a week in the intensive care unit, and Benenson is hoping he doesn't have any permanent brain damage.
The family's neighbors have organized a fund raiser to help pay for their mounting medical bills.
A benefit with music, comedy and a silent auction will be held on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Tonic Lounge. All proceeds will go to the family.
"We have amazing friends and neighbors," Benenson said.
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