Editorial: Rogers continues to make big strides

Date Published: 
August 12, 2016

We do love sharing good news in this space.

It was nearly three months ago when 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro ran into a street to retrieve a baseball, only to be struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by a drunk driver. Rogers suffered brain trauma, among his other injuries, and there was fear that his vocal chords might be paralyzed.

The community, as it so often does in times of need, rallied around the precocious boy and his family — staging fundraisers and offering outpourings of support. He has spent the past three months at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, while his mother, Wendy, has stayed by his side, and friends and family members have stuck close by.

Well, Wendy reports that Garrett’s voice is now back to normal and he has started playing baseball with his physical therapist at the hospital as part of his treatment. The current plan, according to relatives, is for Garrett to be released from the hospital at the end of this month and moved to the nearby Ronald McDonald House so he can continue out-patient physical therapy.

“His spirits are really good,” said his aunt, Kim Cooper. “He’s getting back to Garrett — he wants his buddies to spend the night” and do other normal 10-year-old things.

We will all continue to monitor Garrett’s progress as he works himself back into good health, and thank everybody who has helped his family through this ordeal.