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Community prays for 9-year-old hit by car

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah family waits and prays for their 9-year-old to wake up after he was hit by a car while riding his bike.

Tiffany Vendela has not left her son’s side since the accident on Wednesday.

“He is a sweet boy with a loving heart and he loves his friends,” Vendela said. “And I hope to get that Trayden back.”

Trayden was bicycling in their Huntsville neighborhood with Vendela and his two other siblings.

There were no cars around, but as they turned a blind corner, two teenagers drove around and hit Trayden head-on.

“My youngest saw it and my oldest and I heard it,” Vendela said.

A Utah family waits and prays for their 9-year-old to wake up after he was hit by a car while riding his bike. (KSL TV)

A helmet made the difference

If Trayden had not been wearing a helmet, Vendela said he would not have survived.

“I was a whiner and it paid off, so please put a helmet on your child for everything,” Vendela said.

Trayden was life-flighted to Primary Children’s Hospital. They are now waiting until he has recovered enough to end his medical coma – a wait that Vendela is all too familiar with.

“Unfortunately, this is not new to me,” Vendela said.

Her husband was injured in Iraq and lost both his legs.

“He is a sweet boy with a loving heart and he loves his friends,” Vendela said. “And I hope to get that Trayden back.” (Tiffany Vendela)

“I’ve been through this a little bit and know that you have your ups and your downs, and you just have to know that God is good,” Vendela said.

According to Vendela, this calmness about her comes from her faith in Jesus Christ.

“Whatever the outcome, whether it’s what I want or whether it’s something else, I know it’s going to be okay,” Vendela said.

Trayden has woken up once since the accident on Wednesday. He shook hands with his loved ones, which encouraged Vendela.

Doctors are slowly weaning Trayden off the anesthesia so that when he wakes up, they can do an MRI and get an idea of ​​what his recovery will look like.

The community has created a GoFundMe account. To follow his progress, click here.


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