Baby Zane proves he's a real trooper after accident severely injures him, kills his mother

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

AUGUSTA. Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Zane Williams is no stranger to the Children's Hospital of Georgia. He fought for his life once after being born prematurely at just 27 weeks old and he's doing it again.

Zane was in the car during a head-on collision in Wyoming. His mother was killed in the accident and it sent him into the pediatric intensive care unit in Salt Lake City.

After a long battle, Zane and his father, Austin Williams, were able to make the trip back home to Augusta. The two arrived at the Children's Hospital of Georgia Friday afternoon.

Austin says baby Zane is no longer hooked up to any machines besides a feeding tube. Once he's recovered, he'll spend at least a year in rehab.

His dad says it's a miracle he's made it this far.

"At first they didn't think he was going to make it," Austin said. "He has severe damage to the brain, a broken collar bone, three broken ribs and a whole bunch of other damage done to him."

Zane is proving he is a trooper and continues to push through.

"He's doing a lot better," Austin said. "He's opening his eyes, he's communicating with his eyes, looking around, functioning fine."

Austin says it's what comes next that worries him. He calls it the hardest part.

"The recovery itself is probably going to take more than a year I know he's going to have to have the neck brace on for a year fully," Austin said. "After that we are still going to have therapy and when we leave Charlotte and come back home. I'm going to keep him in physical therapy until they give me the okay that he is 100 percent fine and back to normal."

With the touch of dad's hands and all his strength, Zane is yet another CHOG Miracle story, for the second time around.

"I know my son and I know what he can go through and he's a little soldier," Austin said.

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