A 9-year-old boy's recovery called a 'miracle' after critical skateboarding accident

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui boy who was critically injured in a skateboarding accident last month is now amazing his family and doctors.

Brayden Kaai, just 9 years old, still has a long road ahead of him, but his recovery has been remarkable.

He was struck by an electric vehicle on January 24 while skateboarding in his Wailuku neighborhood.

He suffered brain and neck injuries, and spent four days in a medically induced coma, according to his relatives.

"He had a fractured skull. He sprained his entire neck," said Brayden's grandmother, Mona Kaai. "He did suffer a stroke as a result of the injuries."

At one point, Brayden's grandmother feared they would lose him, but her prayers were answered.

"When he was opening his eyes, it was a miracle. We were all so happy that he could do that," she said.

Brayden has some weakness on his left side, but he's working with different therapists to overcome any deficiencies.

The 3rd grader at Puu Kukui Elementary School had a surprise visit on Sunday from one of his teachers.

"He's very energetic and fun, outgoing, lively. He sparks up a room immediately," said teacher Dawn Marley.

She delivered get well cards made by his classmates.

"He's very special. He has a loving family and we miss him a lot and of course we wish him well," she said.

Brayden's grandmother said he normally skateboards with a helmet on, but he wasn't wearing one when he collided with a neighbor's car on the street at the end of his driveway.

"It truly was an accident. It wasn't her fault so there's no bitterness," said Kaai. "It could happen to anybody at any time."

Brayden's family is hopeful that he will be released from the hospital this week.

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