For roughly a month-and-a-half, three-year-old Brandon Mefford has been learning how to live life with no right arm and no right foot.
"Things will never be the same," said Elizabeth Mefford, Brandon's mother, via telephone.
In April, Brandon was run over by a riding lawn mower, and since that moment he's been recovering at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. That is until this past Friday.
"They discharged us probably about 3:30 on Friday (May 18th)," said Mefford, "It was nothing but smiles. I was nervous, I was very nervous but it was definitely a relief to be leaving the hospital."
Mefford said she expected life to go back to normal once her son made it home, but normal is being redefined.
"When you get home it's like a reality kind of slaps you in the face and makes you realize that everything you knew before is no longer."
Mefford still recalls the day her two sons were playing in the backyard and picking her flowers. That was just three days before the accident.
"It's just different. I have to wheel him around in a wagon rather than watch him run out through the yard and play."
For the small survivor, life is now full of new obstacles, but his mom says he's finding a way to keep moving forward.
"He gets excited, you know, if he can stand up on one leg or he'll cover up and hold his blanket with his nub. He gets excited about the things he's learned how to do," adding, "He actually gets up on his (toy) truck and uses them kind of as a skateboard."
Life may not be the same as it was two months ago, but then again, life was nearly stolen from this child and that's something this family will never take for granted.
The doctors tell Mefford's family that Brandon is healing more quickly than expected and he could get prosthetics in the coming months.
Mefford says her son is expecting to have one more surgery.
If you'd like to help the Mefford family, you can send donations to
Attn: Brandon Mefford
P.O Box 201
Flatwoods, Ky. 41139.
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