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Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Three months ago TyJuan Davis could brush his own teeth, but now that's his sister's job. His mother feeds him through a tube and his aunt is emotional support. Everyone in the family plays a role in this recovery that's already lasted longer than doctors first expected.

"They told me he wasn't going to be the same," says his mother Aida Davis.  

But a mother never gives up. So when experts suggested her son live the rest of his days in a medical home, she refused. Instead, she asked doctors to teach her how to use the equipment, how to read the machines and to explain the meaning of his movements.

"I want to at least give him a fighting chance to take care of him. He deserves that because he didn't ask for that to happen to him," she says.

When Fox 2 first met TyJuan in late May he'd been in a coma for a month after his family says a basketball hoop at Stoepel Park Number 2 fell on his head, cracking his skull. His brother, just 13 years old, was too small to pull TyJuan to the main road so he ran for help.

TyJuan was a saxophonist in the famous Martin Luther King High School marching band. He played in the London Olympics in 2012 becoming the first of Davis's children to travel. The teenager had found his passion, even teaching himself to play the piano. He would have been moved by the musical tribute his bandmates gave outside of Children's Hospital.

He may never pick up an instrument again.

"He's got to learn how to walk, talk, eat, use the bathroom. He's got to learn how to read again," says Davis. "He's got a heart monitor, oxygen monitor, feeding tube so I have to feed him three times a day and then around-the-clock feeding at night," she says.

TyJuan is also on medication, most of which she can't afford. But Davis believes her son will recover and she wants to be there when he can once again say, 'I love you, too.'

"He be [sic] moving his mouth so I take that as him saying it back, because I see him moving his mouth, and just him looking [at] me in the eyes that tells me he knows I'm here with him

Davis hasn't worked since her son's accident and has no transportation for her family. Children's Hospital has donated a wheelchair ramp to the family but they are still in need of so much more.

If you would like to make an online donation to the Davis family via GoFundMe, click here.
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