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A Whiteland mother is trying to find the best care for her son months after a car accident changed their lives, and she’s starting to look outside of Indiana.

Michael Williams, a 16-year-old Whiteland Community High School student, was critically injured in a November car accident and is in a minimally conscious state, which means when he’s awake he doesn’t appear aware of what’s happening around him. He doesn’t speak, spends much of his time in a hospital bed at home and he eats and receives medication through a G-tube that goes directly into his stomach because he’s unable to eat or drink. During much of the week he has nurses caring for him for about 18 hours a day.

A brain scan recently showed that Williams is healing from the traumatic brain injury he suffered during the accident. The swelling in his brain is going down, but doctors say it could take two years before the swelling stops completely. Right now, it’s unclear how much more Williams’ brain will continue to heal, and whether he’ll ever regain his abilities to walk and talk, his mother Mandie Hendrickson said.

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