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Williamsburg boy struck by tree during storm turns 13 at UK Hospital

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Jordan Griffith, of Williamsburg, is spending his 13th birthday at UK hospital.

His mom tells us he's on a ventilator and under sedation, despite that his family is happy that they get to celebrate at all.

"A few times we weren't sure he would make it, now we're out of the woods, so it's going to be a long process getting him back home," said Jordan's aunt Janice Kiger.

In August, Jordan was playing in his grandmother's back yard in Williamsburg, when a fast-moving storm brought a tree from a neighbors yard down on the young boy.

The tree landed on Jordan's head and chest, fracturing several vertebrae and his skull. He was brought by ambulance to UK, since then he's been under sedation.

Wednesday, his mother, aunt and brothers brought him balloons and gifts for his birthday. They say he is making progress in his recovery, but he still has a long was to go, including some rehabilitation work once he gets home.

"He's brought a lot of love to this family, so today we're bringing it back to him," Kiger told us Wednesday.

Jordan's older brother plays football for Williamsburg High School. This season, the team is wearing ribbons with Jordan's name on them on their helmets.

Paramedics originally wanted to fly Jordan to UK by helicopter, but the same storm that brought down that tree kept them from flying.

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