Senior Pastor Kimber Hanchey's son, Seth Hanchey of Ruston, LA was 17-years-old at the time of the accident. He was serving as a full-time youth pastor and had just started nursing school due to his passion to help others. Seth was an avid athlete and had begun training for the Ironman Triathlon. He enjoyed rock climbing, Parkour (free-style running), and cycling. On September 28, 2011, he was on a 60-mile bicycle ride when he was struck from behind by a van driven by a 81-year-old woman. He struck the hood and windshield, caving it in. He was thrown over 167ft, landing against a concrete guardrail. He was airlifted to LSU hospital in Shreveport for emergency surgery to remove the left side of his skull because of the swelling of his brain. Upon arrival he was at ground-zero. We were told “He came as close to death as you can go without going," and later found out he actually died twice at the scene of the accident.
The left-side brain damage caused right-side paralysis (which was his dominant side). Seth also sustained many fractures. He suffered many setbacks and remained in the acute stage for three months. On Christmas Eve, everything began to turn around as he began to make progress. While in the hospital for five months, he could only communicate by signing 'yes' or 'no.' After 10 months, he was able to text minimally. Though he was not able to write at that time, he did begin making progress in his speech.
We fully believe he will regain all of this over time. He has already come so far in his recovery and proven the doctors wrong in their prognosis. He is a living, breathing miracle today and proof that you CAN overcome if you just keep fighting. Seth's mantra before the accident was, "Pain lasts for a moment, quitting lasts forever, so PUSH through it!" Seth walked up to the door of death and carved 'Seth was here!' and lived to tell about it.
Visit the Team Seth Foundation For Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness for more information and thank you for continuing to pray with us for full recovery of his speech and all communication skills.