MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) – A week after 10-year-old Nick King was pulled under a vehicle during a Homecoming parade in Mercer, he is showing promising signs of recovery.
Nick’s father, Donald, said the last week has been an “emotional roller coaster ride.”
“Today was a big day. Nicholas walked for the first time and got transferred out of the ICU,” Donald said on Wednesday.
Nick was taken by helicopter to Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh after he slipped under a parade float, which ran him over on October 14.
Earlier this week, Nick underwent a 12-hour surgery to fix tears on the lining of his brain. As a way to show strength and recovery, a ‘thumbs-up’ picture was posted on Facebook.
“The surgery on Monday was very intrusive, so we’re just waiting for his fractures to heal and for him to regain all skills he had prior to his injuries,” Donald said.
Donations have been raised for the family online, using football helmets to collect money.
Football is a huge part of the family. Nick’s dad coaches the middle school team, and Nick is a ball boy.
From the field to the hospital room, the biggest hurdle for Nick now is making a full recovery.
“My wife and I’s only response is, ‘Just keep praying. Just keep him in your thoughts and keeping praying,'” Donald said of the community’s support thus far.