|Sean Glanvill’s homecoming was welcomed with an outpouring of love by students and families.|
November 24, 2008. St Louis, Missouri. The following article from
the KSDK News Channel 5 web site tells a
story of persevering hope: after a tragic car accident and
a 1% chance of survival, 14-year-old Sean Glanvill finally came
home to his family. Part of his homecoming involved a
stop at his former elementary school, Gateway Academy, where
he was welcomed with an outpouring of love and prayer.
Article reprinted with permission.
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Teen accident survivor gets a hero´s welcome home
By Mike Bush
KSDK -- Even on a chilly
November day, hope brings warmth.
Inside the lobby
of Ranken-Jordan rehabilitation hospital, 14-year-old Sean Glanvill prepared to go
home for the first time in 545 days.
"This is the best day. A day we prayed for,"
said Penny Glanvill, Sean´s mom.
It was May
2007, when the vehicle Sean was riding in on his
way to school left the road and struck a tree.
Everyone was buckled up, including Sean; and everyone walked away
without a scratch, except Sean. He was airlifted with a
traumatic brain injury.
"It was one of the
most severe injuries we have seen," said Dr. Jose Pineda,
St. Louis Children´s Hospital.
After getting the prognosis
from the surgeons, Penny had to break devastating news to
Kirsten and Nicholas, Sean´s sister and brother.
just told them that Sean wasn´t going to make it.
He was going to die," Penny said.
was only a one percent chance he´d survive, but though
he had suffered a brain injury, Sean Glanvill still had
"He´s a very courageous kid that
has always battled in everything that´s he´s done," said Derek
Glanvill, Sean´s dad.
His family said Sean beat
the odds with a strong faith and an outpouring of
love and support.
"That´s what keeps you going,"
Penny said. "When you see that people are on your
side and they´re just prepared to do whatever it takes."
So after hugs and well wishes from his
doctors and nurses, the Sean Glanvill caravan was ready for
their long awaited journey. As much as the Glanvill´s wanted
to get Sean home, they had to make a few
stops along the way.
Call it the Sean
Glanvill homecoming parade, if you will. It rolled through Chaminade,
Sean´s school where his classmates greeted him like a hero.
Later it was on to Gateway Academy in Chesterfield where
Sean went to elementary school. Every single student came outside
to cheer him on. And after the fanfare, the students
and faculty gathered around the Glanvill van and offered a
prayer. By the time the van pulled into Sean´s neighborhood,
it was clear that Sean´s road to recovery had been
paved with affection.
"We can´t thank people enough,"
No one knows how much better
Sean will get, but the Glanvill´s were back under the
same roof again.
"We think our best days
are ahead of us," Derek said.
it´s been said, anything is possible.
miracle," said Penny. "It´s a miracle."