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Teen Says First Words After Head-on Car Crash Left Him with Traumatic Brain Injury 2 Years Ago


Jackson Gannon, a teenager from South Carolina, said his first words since suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2017, a milestone that doctors predicted might never happen.

While traveling in Georgia in the summer of 2017, Jackson was in a head-on vehicle collision which left him hospitalized with serious brain damage, pneumonia, a blood clot, and a staph infection, WBTV reported.

Doctors gave Jackson’s family a grim prognosis, saying that if the teen survived, he would likely never walk or talk again.

In the 21 months since the accident, Jackson has defied the odds. He can walk on his own again and most recently, said his first two words.

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Jackson’s family shared the video on Jackson’s Facebook page, announcing the incredible moment the teen spoke.

Able to use his pointer finger to make the sound “shh,” Jackson turned the word into “she.”

Encouraged, Jackson then tried a second word, again using his pointer finger to help him say “shh.” The second word became “shoe.”

“Jackson’s first words!!!!!” the caption read. “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!!! Jackson is beginning to speak!!! #toGodbetheglory #hardworkpaysoff #happytears.”

Through all the hardships he has faced, Jackson’s family believes that God’s hand is on the teen.

Once an honor student and star wrestler, Jackson dreamed of wrestling in college or perhaps overseas, hoping to share his faith with others.

Jackson’s path now looks a bit different, but he has an audience bigger than his family ever imagined to share how God is bring healing and wholeness to the boy who was never supposed to walk again.

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Jackson’s mother, Stasea Morris, has been a constant advocate for her son, sharing her faith through each trial and setback in a way that gives God the credit for Jackson’s life.

“This was Jackson’s reaction to spreading hope across the nation!!” Jackson’s family shared after his speech video began to spread.

“We explained to him that his testimony has reached nearly 600k views. This was his dream before the car wreck and it is being fulfilled, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and His miraculous restoration.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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