Teen Injured In Edmond 'Car Surfing' Accident Making Miraculous Recovery

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013, 9:34 pm

By: News 9

A teenager critically injured while car surfing in Edmond is making a miraculous recovery.

Laquan Burris, 16, had severe brain injuries, and at one point, was feared brain dead. Laquan's family is calling his recovery nothing short of a miracle. His mother says she never lost faith.

"I mean, he had bolts, he had tubes, I mean everything, catheters, everything, it was just wow. It was overwhelming," said Laquan's mother, Mae-Frances Davis.

Every day since the March 22 car surfing incident, Davis says she's been at her son's bedside. Laquan and his friend Luke Smith were nearly killed after they were thrown from an SUV going at least 40 miles per hour through an Edmond neighborhood.

"My first thought, was, what was he thinking," said Davis. "Why would he do that? Why would he get on top of a car?"  

3/23/2013 Related Story: Teenage Edmond Boys Fight For Their Lives After 'Car Surfing' Accident

Before the accident Davis says they had no idea what car surfing was. Laquan's family initially thought he was in a car wreck.

"To any parent out there, I mean, stay close to your kid and get involved in what's going on with them," said Laquan's uncle, Lee Burris. "Be concerned about where they go, and what they do."

Despite the severity of Laquan's injuries, Davis says his condition is improving daily.  

"The doctors, they didn't think he was going to come this far. They told me he would always be hooked up to some type of tools. He probably would never open up his eyes again. He would never walk," said Davis.  

Last week, Laquan took 75 steps with physical therapy assistants. Wednesday, he said his first word since the incident, just minutes before our interview.

"He turned, and he looked up, and he said, ‘I wanna go home.' and I tripped, but I pushed the nurses call light button and I had the nurses come in," said Davis. "Now he even saying ‘momma' ‘iPhone' ‘yeah' he started talking just a few minutes ago."

"We all kept the faith, and we knew, despite what people were telling us, that he would come back, and this day would come," said Burris.

Doctors say both Laquan and his friend Luke, who was released from the hospital in April, are lucky to be alive.

The District Attorney's office would not confirm whether the driver of the SUV will face charges, because he is underage.

3/22/2013Related Story: Two Teens Critically Injured In ‘Car Surfing' Stunt In Edmond


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