Jacob Marion, the 14-year-old student hit by a train on Tuesday, successfully underwent surgery Friday morning.
In a statement released by his family, they say he is "not out of the woods," but that they "are hopeful that Jacob will make a full recovery."
The teen, who has been comatose since the accident, remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Michigan. According to his family, he has suffered severe head trauma, two broken vertebrae in his neck, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a fractured pelvis and the loss of his right hand.
Jacob was struck and dragged by a train near Oak and Ninth streets about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, while wearing an iPod and headphones when the train hit him. The train's engineer blew a whistle several times, but it's believed the teen never even heard it.
Here is the full statement from his family:
Our family would like to thank everyone again for all their love, support, and prayers. Jacob was operated on this morning and the surgery went as planned. He is currently recovering after having the halo affixed to his skull, his liver repaired, and his right hand cleanly amputated below the elbow. He is still not out of the woods as doctors are still monitoring the swelling and bleeding in Jacob’s brain.
With friends support, our family’s love, and everyone’s prayers, we are hopeful that Jacob will make a full recovery. We have crossed another bridge moving towards that goal. Jacob still needs your prayers as we await his next milestone; Waking up for the first time since the accident.
Our friends and neighbors have come together and many have collected donations and are holding fundraisers to help support our family and offset medical costs. We are truly humbled by everyone’s generosity and plans are underway to set up a fund to accept donations for Jacob at a local bank. We feel blessed to live here in Wyandotte, and have all of you in his corner!