Jake Burnside, the 16-year-old who was critically injured in a Fremont-area crash that killed three of his friends, has improved enough to move to a rehabilitation center.
“Jake is doing so well he was moved out of the intensive care unit and he'll be transported to a rehabilitation center today,'' his parents, Carter and Karen Burnside, said Tuesday in a press release.
“Jake is in for a long haul at rehab. At this point we don't know how long he will need the rehab.”
Jake survived the June 3 crash that killed Jackson Blick, Tyler Walling and Trey Hansen, all 16 and classmates at Fremont High School. He was in a medically induced coma at Creighton University Medical Center until last week. On Monday, his family reported, he took some steps with the help of a walker.
The Burnsides thanked the many visitors who have stopped in to talk with Jake. Among them: the Creighton BlueJays' Doug and Greg McDermott.
“Their visit was a welcome surprise that brought a big smile to (Jake's) face,'' the Burnsides said.
Carter and Karen Burnside also expressed gratitude for the care Jake received while at Creighton: “The doctors, nurses and support staff ... did a great job handling the emotional as well as the medical aspects of his care.''
They asked that the community “continue to keep the Blick, Hansen and Walling families in your thought and prayers.''