Fundraiser will help Jeffersonville teen hit by car with medical expenses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Holding a white board from his hospital bed in downtown Louisville, Roby Melton wrote the words "thank you" on his own.
“It's just a miracle," his mother, Tracy Melton.
It's a miracle he's even alive after he was hit by a car while riding his bike to Jeffersonville High School the morning of Oct. 2, a day his mom remembers far too well.
“I kissed my boy goodbye and made plans to go get his driver's permit that day after school,” she said.
Roby was hit at Allison Lane and Meadowlark Road.
The school and Jeffersonville Police have since added two portable radar speed signs near the school on Allison Lane to slow down drivers by alerting them of their speed.
Despite improvements, the teen has a long road to recovery. Roby was in an induced coma for nearly a month, had multiple brain bleeds and more broken bones than you can imagine.
“His nose, his pelvis, his tailbone in two places, one toward the spine, one toward the tip, it broke the bone below the kneecap, and his tibia came out of his foot and shot back down into his foot and shattered his ankle,” Tracy Melton said.
With a smile of her own, his mom said Thursday it was the first time he could fully smile since the crash. He’s also slowly starting to speak, he’s able to brush his own teeth and able to eat and drink on his own. His mom said despite a lot of pain, he's pushing himself through physical therapy.
“They'll say, 'Are you ready?' And he's thumbs up,” Tracy Melton said.
She hasn't been able to work since the crash, and as a new widow, she and Roby appreciate all the donations coming in through a GoFundMe page. The money, in part, will go toward a caregiver when his mom goes back to work, physical therapy, a wheelchair, hospital bed at home and other expenses.
Family and friends are also holding a fundraiser and silent auction Friday night from 7 p.m. to midnight at 300 Spring Street in Jeffersonville. Items up for auction include various gift certificates, Christmas decorations, tickets to the U of L and UK game and more. There’s a $10 donation to get in. There will also be a DJ, karaoke, dance floor, cash bar and food.
“Anything will help, and I promise it will all go toward him to make him better,” Tracy Melton said.
Roby’s short-term goal is to play video games again, and his long-term goal is to walk at graduation in 2020.
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