9-year-old Alex Flores lost his arm after being run over by a tractor.
His determined spirit and positive attitude helped him go back to his home earlier than predicted.
The young boy has had 28 surgeries since the traumatic incident and will face more in the future. He spent months in the hospital, had his left arm amputated, and returned home using a wheelchair.
Despite the accident, Alex has proved it is not the bad things that happen in your life that defines you. He would’ve stumbled in bitterness and defeat but he is now back to school and continuing his life.
Reports said that the 9-year-old was crossing a road when a tractor-trailer that was pulling three trailers ran over him.
A GoFundMe page for Alex reads: “Alex was life flighted to St. Alphonsus in Boise, Idaho where he underwent a six hour emergency surgery for several severe traumatic injuries, one in which included amputation of his left arm.”
His mother, Brianna Watson, said to KMTV that doctors predicted the boy would have to stay in the hospital for six months to one year.
“This is just the start of his journey,” the GoFundMe page added. “Alex has many surgeries to go through and also has suffered a broken pelvis, a fractured skull, and severe leg injury. Alex is looking at months and months of recovery and therapy for this major life change.
“He is an amazing little boy who is full of life, our ‘Alleycat’ is a fighter! He is one of five siblings and has the biggest heart in which he goes out of his way to take care of everyone and anyone in need.”
After just three months, strong-willed Alex managed to come home!
“For us to be home within three and a half months, four months, is a miracle. Alex is a tough, tough cookie,” said Watson.
Speaking about his experience in the hospital, Alex said: “I had my tablet, it was still boring on my tablet. I wanted to go outside and everything. It wasn’t fun, but I had to do it.”
About losing his arm, Alex said: “It was hard, but I don’t really care anymore. I do care, but it doesn’t bother me.”
The young boy was so happy when he returned home. He told his mom that he didn’t want to depend on a wheelchair so after a few weeks, he was already up and walking outside. He even started mowing the lawn with just one arm.
“It was hard to start it, but I got a pair of pliers, clamped it on the — where you have to hold it — and pulled the string and it got started and I started mowing the lawn.”
Watson said the community helped, supported and loved Alex. “I never expected, in my wildest dreams, for everyone to come together. That was amazing.
“It makes me want to cry because the help and the love, it’s just a miracle. It’s a miracle that he’s alive.”
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