REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta College football player who was nearly killed on Halloween weekend in Chico has been transported to a rehabilitation center in Vancouver, Washington.
21-year-old Tyler Burton was attacked the night of October 27 in downtown Chico. He suffered a stroke and severe brain injuries, leaving him paralyzed on the left side of his body.
He was taken to Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital in Redding earlier this month. Before that, he was in the intensive care unit at Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
He was taken by air ambulance to Four West at Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon, which is just a few miles from both of his parent's homes.
The jet took off about 2 p.m. from the Redding airport and landed in Washington around 3:30 p.m..
His mom, Kim Hash, and step-dad, Roddy Hash, said they are blown away by the progress he's made.
"Probably through the worst hell that I have ever been through. I don't ever want to ever have anything to do with something like that again because we thought we were losing him," Roddy Hash said.
"We really believed he was gonna die and they put the skull cap back on and he just kept doing better. It was awesome," Kim Hash added.
Hash said Burton is now speaking full sentences and is starting to move his left leg around.
With some help, he even walked 60 feet earlier this week. Wednesday afternoon, he stood and held himself up all on his own for the first time.
Tyler will spend six to seven hours a day in rehabilitation at the new facility. He will keep working on gaining strength on the left side of his body.
His parents said although he has his ups and downs, Tyler is in good spirits and is happy to be surrounded by his family and friends.
Donations can be made at the "Praying for Tyler Burton" account at any Bank of America.
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