MADERA, Calif. — For the first time since his trampoline accident 13 year old Makai Lloren is sharing his progress.
He was paralyzed from the chest down last week.
Makai is moving his arms and he is smiling with the help of his brother DJ and his teammates on the Fresno State Wrestling team.
“They care about me and have come to support me,” said Makai Lloren.
The wrestlers surrounded him on Friday night at Valley Children’s hoping to bring him some relief from his hospital room.
“It is great to have all the support from all of the boys to support me him my fam,” said DJ Lloren, Makai’s brother.
“We stick together we pull together when times are needed,” said Troy Steiner, Fresno State Wrestling Head Coach.
The 13 year old is recovering after a tragic trampoline accident at Defy Clovis last week. He tried to do a double front flip when he landed on his neck, paralyzing him from the chest down.
But Makai is focusing on his recovery.
“I am making good progress,” said Lloren.
His father said he has no feeling below his chest but he is making quick strides as he works to re-learn his motor skills.
“They are hoping he will get some movement in his fingers but if not he has already been learning how to grasp things with his wrists,” Durbin Lloren, Makai’s father.
Friday was a big step because he came outside for the first time.
“It feels good to get some fresh air.”
The team says Makai’s improvements are inspiring them to fight harder when they are competing on the mat.
“He shows me how much fight he has, if he is going through that nothing I am doing is harder than that,” said Khristian Olivas, Wrestler at Fresno State.
With visits like this Makai’s family said he can get through anything.
Makai’s story is spreading. His father told me that families from all over the U.S. who have also dealt with similar accidents have reached out lending a helping hand.
If you would like to help his recovery efforts, his go fund me is here.