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'Thank you everyone:' 16-year-old Amtrak derailment victim speaks from ICU

Timmy Brodigan is in ICU three weeks after the Amtrak derailment. He still needs a ventilator to breath and is mostly paralyzed. He can only move his right arm. He has no movement of his diaphragm and has a collapsed lung. And he remains grateful for those who saved his life and continue to help him. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE (KOMO) -- Timmy Brodigan should be preparing for baseball season right now. Instead he’s in a hospital room facing an unfair fight no 16-year-old should know.

On Dec. 18, Timmy was asleep on Amtrak 501 en route to visit his cousins in Oregon, when the train derailed.

“I woke up with the train wobbling. And after that, I just don’t remember anything after that,” Timmy told KOMO News. “I blanked out.”

His parents say a good Samaritan found Timmy bloody and badly bruised, hanging upside down near a window of the train. He thought Timmy was dead. But first responders brought him back.

Timmy woke up in the hospital with a broken neck, fractured ribs, a head contusion and several other injuries.

More than three weeks later, he’s still in isolation in the ICU at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

He still needs a ventilator to breath and is mostly paralyzed. He can only move his right arm. He has no movement of his diaphragm and has a collapsed lung.

Timmy says he cannot sleep well and can barely speak, but he had a message to deliver Wednesday.

“I kind of just wanted to thank the people that saved my life,” Timmy said. “I really really appreciate it. I really do. That’s what I want to thank the most. The people that saved my life.”

His parents have noted not only the good Samaritan and the first responders who saved his life, but also the doctors who took it from there, and their community, which has rallied behind him every step of the way.

A gofundme page for Timmy has already raised more than $57,000.

“It’s meant a lot to me,” Timmy said about the support. “Thank you everyone. Everyone who’s been a part of this.”

Timmy’s road to recovery looks long, but no doubt he’s facing it with toughness and grace.

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