A 16-year-old Fremont boy who was critically injured in a crash earlier this month successfully came through a 10-hour surgery, his family said Friday.
Doctors used eight metal plates and 40 screws to repair Jake Burnside's facial bones, his family said. Doctors also did surgery on his broken collarbone.
His condition has been upgraded from critical to fair, said Kathy Niver, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
Carter and Karen Burnside said their son has been reading the sports section of the newspaper and working on word recognition exercises with staff.
"Last night, he was able to write the words, 'I love you,' " his parents said in an update.
Doctors hope Jake can transfer to a rehabilitation program next week.