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Teen badly injured in Amtrak derailment heads to Colorado for recovery

Timmy Brodigan, 16, who was badly injured in the Amtrak derailment, left Seattle on Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018 and was airlifted to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado which specializes in spinal cord injuries. (Photo: KOMO News) 

SEATTLE - A 16-year-old boy who was badly injured in last month's Amtrak derailment took the next step to recovery on Thursday.

Timmy Brodigan suffered a broken neck, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, and other serious injuries in the derailment. He hass spent weeks in ICU at Seattle Children's Hospital.

On Thursday morning, he left Seattle and was airlifted to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colo., which specializes in spinal cord injuries.

"They offer more to Timmy as for facilities, and actually being around kids his age who have spinal cord injuries at different stages of their improvement and recovery," said Timmy's father, Michael Brodigan.

Timmy is expected to be at Craig Hospital for several months.

"We're focused on Tim's health and getting it back, but what's really stood out is the support that we've gotten from our family and community, people that we don't know," said Michael Brodigan. "It's just the generosity of people, their concern. the Seahawks, the Mariners, everybody has reached out to Timmy with their prayers and well wishes to him."

Earlier this week Timmy got to meet the first resonders who helped save him after the derailment.



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