One Day At A Time: Family Continues Recovery After Deadly Accident

By KBJR News 1

February 11, 2012 Updated Feb 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Family members say doctors continue to be surprised at the strides this young man has taken to overcome the biggest obstacle in his young life.

"The reality of it is we will never have the boy that we had...but we will have Everett, and that is huge for us...just huge," said Tammy Mee, Everett's grandmother.

For Everett Bergren's family, the progress the young man has made in the last few weeks inspires them, and has doctors in disbelief.

"We had one person tell us he would have bet everything he owned that he was not going to make it. They were totally amazed. The kid is amazing," said Mee.

Everett was being driven to school by his grand mother last month when an alleged drunk driver crossed the center line - killing his grand mother.

"Paula was an amazing woman in herself and she was a great grand mother and we are going to miss her a lot...more than I can ever imagine," said Trista Turnbull, Everett's mother.

Still grieving one loss, they find hope in small steps toward recovery for Everett; arm exercises, occupational therapy, and everyday tasks like brushing his teeth.

"Its' too close to see what a long time prognosis would be for him but he is pulling along...he is doing a lot better than what they thought," said Turnbull.

From strangers to school mates, Everett's family says they have had an overwhelming amount of support through the entire incident.

"They've been giving me and my mom some books and some presents and cards and just decorating stuff," said 10 year old Liberty Bergren, Everett's younger sister.

Students in Hermantown and Proctor had "Wear a Hat for Everett" day; raising around $2,000 to help the family.

"Honestly I don't think my family and I could have made it anywhere near this without it. They kept our spirits up, they kept us strong, they kept us together in so many ways," said Turnbull.

A benefit for Everett will be held at Barker's Island Inn from 1 until 5 on March 17th.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
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