On the evening of November 8, 2016, Seth was crossing the street at the intersection of County Road 81 and 71st Avenue N. in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, when a vehicle ran a red light and hit him. The driver did not stop and left Seth on the side of the road. By the Grace of God, there was a witness to the accident and they were able to call for help and be at Seth's side until help arrived.
Seth sustained two broken legs, a broken collar bone, broken shoulder blade and most concerning, a traumatic brain injury. The doctors said Seth has a Diffuse Axonal Injury to his brain and brain stem.
- A Diffuse Axonal Injury can be caused by shaking or strong rotation of the head, as with Shaken Baby Syndrome, or by rotational forces, such as with a car accident. - Injury occurs because the unmoving brain lags behind the movement of the skull, causing brain structures to tear. - There is extensive tearing of nerve tissue throughout the brain. This can cause brain chemicals to be released, causing additional injury. - The tearing of the nerve tissue disrupts the brain’s regular communication and chemical processes. - This disturbance in the brain can produce temporary or permanent widespread brain damage, coma, or death. - A person with a diffuse axonal injury could present a variety of functional impairments depending on where the shearing (tears) occurred in the brain.
After several conversations with doctors, the prognosis is poor, however we are not ready to give up yet! We are praying for a miracle for our son, brother, uncle and friend.
Seth is 23 years old and lives with his family in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Seth has high-functioning Autism and is semi-independent. He works for Opportunity Partners in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Seth enjoys listening to the 93X Radio Station and heavy metal music. He enjoys writing and drawing. He likes anime, comic books and playing video games.
He is a gentle soul and fixture in our community. The neighbors and local businesses know Seth and are pulling for him during this difficult time.