After months of rehabilitation and support from his family and the community, Coby Seyfang is expected to return home this week following an accident in August.
For months, Heather Seyfang — Seyfang’s mother — has updated and thanked the community for the continued support of the recovery of her son on her Facebook page, sporting the now cherished hashtag “#CobyStrong.” This rally cry of love from the community has been seen on vehicles, on social media posts and all over the Miami Trace Local Schools’ campus since the accident that injured Seyfang, a Miami Trace senior. The support seemed to help him as he is expected to be home this week, according to Heather and a recent Facebook post.
“Well we can’t believe we are in the final week at the hospital!” Heather wrote. “We are all anxious to be home as a family again. We will have a few weeks together as a family of six until Gabe (Seyfang’s brother) leaves for the Air Force on January 2. The month of December will be a very special month for our family!! Yesterday we got to go with Coby on his outing with a couple of his therapists. We went to the Franklin Park Conservatory. It was a fantastic day!! Coby pushes himself a little too hard and we have to force him to stop and take breaks! He wants to be able to do it all. This is going to definitely prove to be a tough learning curve with him! Overall the day was a success! Last night Gabe stayed overnight with Coby at the hospital. It was a special memory for both boys!!”
Heather continued by noting the bittersweet time as the family has become quite attached to the nurses, personal care assistants, doctors and therapists with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Grant Medical Center in Columbus. She said this staff has worked hard to save Seyfang and help him recover. The medical staff has been there for them each and every day, all day long for the past 97 days, and the family said they couldn’t have asked for better care, support and kindness.
“These people have grown to feel more like extended family!!” Heather wrote. “I know we will all miss them terribly. Thank you to our NCH family and to our Grant family!! You all are so much more than just your job title!! We consider you family! Thank you for saving our son, for teaching him to walk again, to sing again, to communicate again, for loving him, caring about more than just his physical needs but for also caring about him as a person! Thank you for the love and friendship you have given to our entire family! We love you all! There aren’t words sufficient to really share our hearts!!”
According to reports, a 2007 Honda Civic, driven by Jacob (aka Coby) E. Seyfang, of Leesburg, was heading south on Washington-New Martinsburg Road at around 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 when he went off the left side of the roadway before crashing into a tree, said Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.
Following the impact, the vehicle continued across the roadway and off the right side before coming to rest.
Seyfang was trapped inside his vehicle before being extricated by members of the Concord-Green Township Fire Department, Stanforth said. He was treated at the scene by members of Fayette County EMS and subsequently airlifted from the scene by MedFlight to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for further treatment.
The information in this article was provided by Heather Seyfang.
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