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3-year-old continues to improve after collision

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Ty Taylor loves being outdoors, whether it’s playing in a large sand box, romping through the woods or shooting his BB gun.
Ty’s family wants to make sure that the 3-year-old Williamstown boy will be able to get back to doing the things he enjoys with the help of a special motorized wheelchair that he needs after he suffered spinal cord injuries following a wreck.

“He’s doing great,” said his father, Kevin Taylor. “He’s an inspiration to me because he does all his therapy with a smile on his face.”
Ty remains in Children’s Hospital after the Toyota Camry his mother, Audra Taylor, was driving on Jan 15 was struck head-on at 5:30 p.m. on Delia Hill, three miles outside of Dry Ridge.

Audra and Ashton Taylor, 10, received serious injuries including broken arms and legs.  After a hospital stay, they were both released, but Kevin said Ashton struggles with what happened to his brother.

“When he goes to ride his four-wheeler it reminds him of how much his brother loved to ride too and that makes him feel guilty,” Kevin said.
Ashton received a severe concussion in the accident and Kevin said his son is still dealing with some of its effects.

The couple also has two daughters, Charleigh, 7, and Jada, 13. They were not involved in the accident.

Family and friends of the Taylor family have organized a benefit for Ty from 5 to 10 p.m. on March 15 at Turfway Park in Florence.  This fundraiser will feature food, dancing, kid’s activities, a silent auction and a performance by the Nantzlane Band.

Several other fundraisers have also been held to help the family purchase the wheelchair, as well as to make modifications to their home when Ty is released from the hospital.
“We had insurance, which will help with expenses, but our main goal in raising money is to use it for an action track wheelchair and for work on our tri-level house,” Kevin said.

Taylor said the wheelchair costs $15,000 with an additional $35,000 needed for the house.
Kevin said his son continues to exceed the doctor’s expectations with his improvement.

“There’s only so much he can do with the upper body mass of a 3-year-old, but the things he’s expected to do, he can and he’s doing well,” Kevin said.
Taylor said his son meets each new challenge with a positive attitude.
“He’ll say, ‘let’s get to the gym, dad.’” Kevin said. “I just hope he can continue to have that positive outlook.”

Ty is expected to be released from the hospital on April 3.

Due to his injuries, he must wear a vest with a headrest, to give him stability and his family knows it will be a challenge when he comes home to make sure he can do many of the things he was able to before the accident.

“Ty needs to be able to go places. He lives on a farm and a wheelchair for indoor use won’t let him go out in the woods or get to the creek and that’s what we want for him,” Kevin said. “He’s not a kid to sit around and we don’t want to break his will and if he had to sit in the house, I believe it would.”

Kevin said Ty’s story has touched many people from across the country that have sent cards, messages on Facebook and many prayers.

“It’s unbelievable because we’ve got things from the United Kingdom, Holland and German,” Kevin said. “I think we’ve received messages from every state. They tell us they are praying for our family.”

Ty’s story even made the rounds on the Facebook pages of the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty.

When Kevin posted on their web site that Ty was using some of the Duck Commander calls to do his breathing exercises, the Robertsons posted the message and a video on their site and even more people contacted Ty’s family with encouraging messages.
Since being hospitalized, Ty has become a celebrity and even received visits from several Bengals.

“This is a terrible situation but we’re trying to keep positive,” Kevin said. “Our faith has definitely carried us through and it’s been amazing how it’s brought our family together.”