Teenager progresses one month after Mother’s Day boat explodes
Taylor was able to put her feet on the ground, although it will take some time for her to condition and strengthen her legs after weeks in the hospital, Dirkse said.
“They are hopefully expecting to see her come out in the next 10 to 12 days,” Dirkse said, adding that getting out of the hospital environment would be a boost both mentally and physically.
Dirkse said Annie Coleman has healed while Gunner is making good progress.
Doctors have allowed Gunner to play football in the fall, if he wants to, as long as he wears compression garments and doesn’t overexert himself, Dirkse said.
After the explosion, Taylor’s car and his parents’ vehicles were by the lake.
The only key Taylor had for the Volkswagen was in his purse on the boat and was subsequently lost, Dirkse said.
The Dirks and Colemans were able to find a locksmith to replace the car key, allowing them to bring the vehicle home.
Dirkse said the community has “really grown stronger”, with a landscaping company taking care of the lawn and people bringing meals regularly since the incident.
A Gofundme was hosted by Dirkse who raised over $ 60,000 at 7pm on Thursday June 17th.
This story was originally published by the Gainesville weather.