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Waterloo boy recovering after being hit by van


A Waterloo boy is continuing to make progress after being hit by van while crossing the street on his scooter. In May, Tanner Spaulding suffered a number of serious injuries. He was taken to Allen Hospital by ambulance, but eventually had to be air-lifted to Iowa City.

Just a couple of months ago Tanner was in a coma for four days after that accident. His mom Brandi Berdecia says her son was thrown 45 feet and he wasn't wearing a helmet.

"He had bleeding of the brain and then his neck was severely injured. They actually told us that most of the time they see this injury it's in an autopsy," said Berdecia.

Tanner wants so badly to run and play like every other six-year-old, but before he can do that, he has to work on the basics. For the past couple of weeks Tanner has been going to Covenant Medical Center for Therapy.

"Initially he presented in a wheelchair and was having troubles with his balance and coordination and gate patterns, so walking. So we've worked a lot on ambulating. We've worked a lot on doing balance activities such as using the boss or standing on one leg," said Physical Therapist, Kelly Martin.

Since May, Tanner has made a lot of progress.  Tanner hopes he will be out of his neck brace before school starts and that he won't have any more surgeries.

"Kids will jump back quicker than adults too, so maybe he won't have to have surgery. We won't know until a couple more months probably," said Berdecia.

A benefit will be held to help cover Tanner's medical expenses. It will be held on July 14th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on La Porte Road in Waterloo.

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