Boy scout seriously injured by falling tree speaks out
Earlier this year - a then 11-year-old Chattanooga boy was seriously hurt when a tree fell on top of him at Enterprise South. He is back home for the first time in four months.
Earlier this year, a then 11-year-old Chattanooga boy was seriously hurt when a tree fell on top of him at Enterprise South. He is back home for the first time in four months.
Doctors are describing his recovery as exceptional but there's something else magical about this boy scout going home. Family members say he is their miracle.
"It fell and I saw it coming and I ran but I ran straight instead of to the side," said Adrian Senentz.
Adrian remembers helping to chop down the tree and getting out of the way or so he thought. When the tree fell on him, fellow boy scouts immediately rendered aid.
"It makes me feel like wow my friends and friend's parent and everybody is making sure I don't die," said Adrian.
He suffered a broken neck, back, femur and pelvis. Half of his ribs were broken too, which punctured his lung. Doctors said he had a traumatic brain injury and fractured skull, they put him in a medically-induced coma for two weeks.
When he woke up, he couldn't speak. Adrian tells Channel 3, reading the thousands of get-well letters helped him heal. He says some letters came as far as Oklahoma and Virginia. Now all of them surround him at home.
"It helps me kind of persevere and move on it's kind of like helping me or giving me courage to keep going," said Adrian.
His mother Amanda says she believes all the prayers and the love saved her son.
"I truly do think that made all the difference. We went from a child that was crushed to just a few months later he looks like an average boy," said mother Amanda Senentz. " We already loved Chattanooga but i didn't realize how much of a community it really is and how everybody just comes together and supports each other. We felt absolutely supported from everybody.
The Senentz family is now raising funds by making and selling crochet hats for the Just Heart Foundation. She says the organization helped her family pay the bills for 6 months, while they lived in the hospital and all proceeds benefit the organization.,
"We just want to pay it forward," said Amanda Senentz.
Adrian's arm may need more surgeries but that's not stopping him from learning how to play the cello with his non-dominant hand.
"You don't give up, just keep persevering and believe that you can do well and just keep doing your best," said Adrian.
Adrian says he will continue to be a boy scout, in fact he is making it his mission to become an eagle scout in the near future and he's also set his mind on learning how to kayak.
The Senentz family says they are thankful to everyone who donated blood for Adrian. They credit first responders and the quick actions of his boy scout troop for saving his life.