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Exclusive Interview With Garrett Rogers: Two Months After Hit By Drunk Driver

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10-year-old Garrett Rogers working toward a recovery one swing at a time (Source: WBOC) 10-year-old Garrett Rogers working toward a recovery one swing at a time (Source: WBOC)
Rogers was joined by his mother Wendy and his little sister Aubrey (Source: Amber Muehlemann) Rogers was joined by his mother Wendy and his little sister Aubrey (Source: Amber Muehlemann)

WILMINGTON, Del. - It was a moment that could make even the most cynical person smile. As his mother and sister watched on, 10-year-old Garrett Rogers stood up on his own, with his physical trainer not too far away. With a smile on his face, and a plastic baseball bat in hand, Rogers tightened his grip, eyes locked on a tennis ball placed atop an orange cone.

He then let loose. 

WBOC joined Rogers on Thursday at the hospital he's called home for the last two months, Nemours A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children. The Millsboro boy was sent to the hospital on May 14, after police said he was hit by a drunk driver. According to police, Rogers was crossing Iron Branch Road to retrieve some baseballs when he was hit. 

"It's been tough..." said Garrett. "It was scary. But not to worry." 

Rogers' road to recovery has not always been pretty. For three weeks, he was stuck in the intensive care unit, and his mother, Wendy Rogers, said they weren't always sure Garrett would survive. Wendy said that nearly every bone on the right side of Garrett's body was damaged in the accident, making his recovery a "long road ahead."

Two months after the accident though, Garrett can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Doctors said that he is likely to be released from the hospital in late-August. Garrett will then have outpatient  appointments to continue his rehab. 

"He's my hero," said Wendy. "He is just an unbelievable boy with so much strength. And so much like his daddy... It's a good thing you're so tough. Right? Tough heads come in handy."

Wendy said the ordeal has been especially difficult because Garrett's father passed away just months earlier in November. She said the community's support for the family has gone a long way.

"Our whole community has just rallied around us," she said. "And we're kind of up here and away from it. But we definitely feel it. And I try to tell everyone one day we'll be able to say thank you. Tell them how much its meant to us."

Hundreds of people have posted onto social media under #GMoneyStrong, to show their support. This includes baseball teams from local Little Leagues to the Major League, and every level in between. Thousands of dollars have also been raised for the family, in order help with their medical bills.

As for Garrett, he said he has a message for all those who have stayed by his side. 

"Stay strong," he said. "And carry on."

From all of us at WBOC, we wish you a quick recovery. #GMoneyStrong

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