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Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

We went to First Helen Baptist Church this morning to take part in their congregation. I was really moved by the whole experience and kept realising that my Son was actually sat and stood next to me taking part as well. That is a feeling that I can’t explain other than I am so thankful that we have been blessed with his recovery and for all the people that have supported and prayed for Will. Pastor Jim (who looks like Sir Richard Branson) prayed with us and Will met Phillipe who is a soccer coach recovering from another recent car crash. We went to the little town of Helen and ate BBQ then headed home with the wonderful Borcher Family to Atlanta. Such a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Will has spent the last 2 hours doing an open book exam. I am so proud of him and his motivation to recover and succeed. I can’t wait to see my Brother again tomorrow and then fly home to hug my Daughter Hattie, my Mum, my Sis Gill and Neice Libby. Rupert the dog will not leave my side all week I know that x

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Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Will insisted we start the day with breakfast at Waffle House! Then on to Emmanuel to watch the soccer camp training. So great to see Will back on the soccer field again, even without playing. He shouted encouragement to all the boys and looked happy. We met Russell at the gym and Sandy in the Physio room. It rained pretty much all day so we hung out, played games, ate..... nice and chilled. 😁

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Lots of physical stuff today. Balance and some more treadmill work. We are spending the weekend at Scott and Audrey’s house and have had a lovely meal. Planning to visit the soccer camp at Emmanuel tomorrow morning so Will can meet the new American Freshmen. So relaxing here after such a busy week. Not long to go now. Chris is coming out on Monday and will take over the updates for a week whilst I pop back over the pond. We will be leaving Atlanta and Shepherd on 25th June to fly home. Will is making such good progress that returning to college in August is now highly likely. Some modifications have been made to his schedule for Fall Semester and he has 2 pieces of work to complete. He is nailing this ❤️

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Lots of pals from Shepherd in patients have arrived at the same time as Will. They are all in really good spirits and in Paul’s case wearing the loudest clothing possible 😂. Will had extensive eye testing today. He is pretty much perfect apart from a difference due to swelling remaining on the brain. Should clear with a little time and specific exercises. Very physical today with PT and exercise physiologist. More college work and went out to play field games with others. An amazing place that we really need in the UK, we have so much to learn..... 🥰

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

A great day! Lots of testing at Pathways as Will has improved so much since last week. Co-ordination tests designed for athletes and drivers scored really well. Balance tests were back to normal and he completed a piece of work for college. Barbosa the therapy dog is around all the time which is so lovely. Barbosa has his own Instagram page and business card! Will has now created an Instagram page for our dog Rupert! I am feeling better today and we went to the gym together to work out. Early mornings, bacon and eggs and a jam packed day of therapy is enough to put anyone to bed by 10! We are winning! 😍

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Will started at Shepherd Pathways outpatient programme today. Really nice staff and keen to maximise his recovery. His rehab is 8.30am until 2pm. We get a courtesy bus there and back every day. We have an early start but that’s ok. I am a bit under the weather so not an exciting post today 🤧🤒😷

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

More nursing friends and a graduation certificate and t-shirt from his therapists as he leaves the in-patient setting. Our heartfelt thanks for their excellent rehab skills. We will still live at Shepherd whilst he is an outpatient on the Pathways programme. Our plan is to return home in 3 weeks ❤️

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

A massive thank you to the medical and nursing staff at Shepherd. The photos are with some of Will’s favourite nurses. His stitches have been removed from his head and the latest CT shows a further reduction in swelling. All looking good. Graduation from therapies to follow in next post x

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Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

A day of football (soccer for our USA friends). Champions League final (Yeeeees Liverpool!!!) then to the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta to watch ATL V Chicago. We are allowed to take Will out and about but had to take medications in case of seizure. He’s not had one for 1 week now and he is sharper by the day. Our seats were in the “nose bleeds” of the stadium way up high and he climbed the stairs like a mountain goat! We had a great time with Coach, Audrey, Channing, Jez and the boys. Last day as an in- patient tomorrow then starts out patient rehab after discharge on Monday. We are on the home leg x 

Journal entry by Deborah Millier

For those who may not know about yesterday’s update, Will’s first CT scan showed a 10mm displacement. Thankfully by late afternoon that had reduced to only 1mm. That has not changed since last night. Please keep praying for the swelling to completely dissipate so further recovery can occur. 
William’s Story

Site created on April 1, 2019

Early on Sunday morning, March 31st, Will was involved in a car accident. As a result he sustained severe and life-threatening injuries. Surgeons were able to repair internal injuries to his liver and spleen. In order to deal with his head injury, a section of his skull was removed to reduce pressure on the brain. His brain trauma is serious, and his recovery will take time.

We are using this page to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement and will share these with Will in time.

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