‘Long road to recovery’ ahead for young brothers injured in crash

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Two young boys are in the hospital fighting for their lives after suffering traumatic brain injuries in crash involving an RTA bus.

7-year-old Emanuel and 8-year-old Eric had no seatbelts on when the car they were in crashed into 3 other cars and an RTA bus along North Main Street in Harrison Township nearly two weeks ago. Their mother remains at their bedside, holding out hope both of her sons will have a healthy recovery.

“I’m holding on by the grace of god,” Quavotta Liggins, the boys’ mother, said. “And from the support coming from my family.”

Liggins is breaking her silence as her two sons, 7-year-old Emanuel and 8-year-old Eric, cling to life inside Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“A lot of people,” Liggins said. “Have showed a lot of love for these boys.”

Both are suffering traumatic brain injuries from a crash on March 13th involving an RTA bus and 4 cars on North Main Street in Harrison Township.

After two weeks in the hospital, Eric opened his eyes for the first time since the crash.

“That was an amazing moment,” Liggins said. “Because it’s not something you would expect to see after hearing that your kids had brain surgery so when they opened their eyes it was like wow.”

His brother Emanuel also showed some progress when he moved his legs for the first time since the accident. Both boys have had multiple brain surgeries. Their Uncle Ryan Morgan staying strong for the family.

“Everyone is struggling,” the boys’ uncle Ryan Morgan said. “With what happen and we are just trying to cope the best we can.”

Most recently, 7-year-old Emanuel had another brain surgery Saturday after doctors found fluid in his brain. He’s now back in stable condition.

“It was tragic what happen,” Morgan said. “It’s hurt both sides of these boys families.”

It’s especially difficult because the boys father was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, but no one has yet to be charged.

Doctors can’t quite say what the boys future will look like.

“They keep saying it’s just going to be a very, very long recovery,” Liggins said. “They cannot tell me the quality of life they will have, but they can tell me it’s going to be a very, very long recovery.”

A GoFundMe page has been started to help the family with medical expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

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