Brayden was born on February 20, 2000 in a small town near Gadsden, Alabama. Brayden was such an enjoyable and lovable child to raise. He was full of energy, loved playing sports, being outdoors, the beach, and hanging out with friends and family.
In 2015, Brayden relocated to Murfreesboro, TN with his dad and siblings. He graduated from high school in May of 2018. At the time of his accident, Brayden was working for a local heating and cooling company as an apprentice. He talked about attending a community college or technological school in the summer of 2019.
On November 16, 2018, Brayden’s life changed forever. He was in a single car accident where he lost control of his car and collided with a guardrail. His car caught fire and was engulfed in flames and rolled down an embankment. We know God was watching over Brayden that day because two men pulled him from his burning car and placed him in a safe area. We do not know who those brave individuals are, but we will always consider them to be guardian angels who were sent to rescue our son. Mr. Walker another angel, stayed with Brayden until emergency personnel arrived.
Brayden was life flighted to a local trauma center. He sustained burns to over 85% of his body. Brayden remained in local area burn ICU for nearly 7 months. Due to the severity of his injuries, Brayden lost both legs and his left hand. Brayden is now a triple amputee.
Upon his discharge from a local area burn ICU hospital in May 2019, we took him home for a short break. We talked through the options he had. Brayden wanted to continue his fight to live. We reached out to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati.
Brayden was admitted to Shriners the end of May, 2019. Brayden's journey continued through Shriners of Cincinnati until July 30, 2019. The staff was amazed by the progress he made. Brayden was transferred to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston, Texas, where he went through rigorous physical therapy treatment.
Currently as of February 2020, Brayden has defied the odds. He is beginning to walk with his temporary prosthetic legs. He will continue to travel back and forth to Shriners Cincinnati and Houston for the next 12 months for some minor cosmetic surgeries and therapy.
As his family, we are very grateful for everything Shriners has done for him and our family through this difficult time in our lives. Our hopes are to share his success stories with many families across the world that may not have the will to fight through something so tragic. There is hope!
Brayden May 2019 HS Graduation
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