Tampa, Florida-- Standing and walking, those simple movements were a miracle on Tuesday afternoon for an injured high school football player's recovery.
Wharton High School's 16-year-old Sean McNamee cracked his skull before football drills 13 days ago, on a Wednesday. The number two varsity defensive end went up for a catch, but fell down and hit his head on a paint machine left on the field.
His teammates said he seemed out of it and asked them, "Who hit me?"
His teammates said the coach told him to see the athletic trainer, and he called Sean's parents to pick him up.
Sean's dad was on the way to the school to pick him up but heard he was not there, and that he had managed to drive himself home.
"He was out of it," said Sean's dad, Todd McNamee. "I rushed him to the hospital, thinking that would be faster than having an ambulance come."
Jody described the hardest moment in her life.
"We were in the emergency room and everything started getting kind of crazy," said Jody. "The doctor was obviously very concerned, and I asked him, 'is he going to die?,' and he couldn't answer me."
Sean was placed in a medically induced coma.
Prayers poured in on Twitter with hashtags, "SeanStrong" and "PrayForSean". She and the doctor believe their prayers were answered.
"He just said he would do everything he could, and he did," said Jody.
Sean woke up last Friday and started breathing on his own.
"It was the most beautiful sound," said Jody. "All the nurses were crying, they love him. They have all gotten to know him here."
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Todd said he cannot really talk, maybe a yes or a no sometimes, but he thinks sometimes Sean only hears noise when they try talking with him.
"He can hear us, if I am on one side of him and Jody is on the other then he will turn his head to us when we are talking, but even a smile takes so much energy out of him."
He also said he is communicating though, and has fleeting moments of personality.
"One of the nurses came in, and she must have been attractive to him because he kind of winked at her," laughed Todd. "He also promised someone a dance!"
Todd and Jody are looking forward to it, but they know they are taking each day as a miracle at a time.
Their attorney, Steve Yerrid, is collecting evidence for potential legal action against Hillsborough Schools. Todd still wants answers about his son's injury.
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"I need to know what happened," said Todd.
Yerrid said he is concerned about teammates reluctance to come forward to him about what they saw. Hillsborough Schools said they are not putting any pressure on students to talk openly with Yerrid. They said they are all pulling for Sean and have cooperated with Yerrid to give him school surveillance video to look through.