A 16-year-old Fremont boy critically injured in a car crash last week awoke from a medically induced coma over the weekend, his family reported Monday.
Jake Burnside, who is hospitalized at Creighton University Medical Center, survived the crash that killed three of his friends — Jackson Blick, Tyler Walling and Trey Hansen. They also were 16.
Jake's father, Carter Burnside, said his son is speaking in full sentences, responding to questions and moving his arms and legs. A breathing tube was removed Sunday.
His condition has been upgraded to serious from critical, said Kathy Niver, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
Doctors hope to transfer Jake to a rehabilitation program soon, Carter Burnside said, but the family doesn't know when.
“There are still so many unknowns about his road to rehabilitation,” Burnside said. “We are taking it hour by hour.”
— Alissa Skelton