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Teen home after severe head injury

– A northeast Indiana teenager is recovering at home now after suffering severe head injuries when he fell from his skateboard while holding on to the back of a friend’s moving car.

Doctors removed much of 16-year-old Randon Timmons’ skull because of brain swelling after he was injured June 8 in his hometown of Van Buren, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Wayne in Grant County.

Timmons underwent rehabilitation in a Fort Wayne hospital to improve walking and other skills before he returned home a couple of weeks ago.

Fort Wayne neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Jacobsen said Timmons’ “brain activity was almost gone” by the time he reached the emergency room after the accident.

Timmons must wear a protective helmet and still faces surgery to rebuild his skull, but he is walking on his own and banters with others.

“He’s made so much progress over the last couple of weeks, it’s mind-boggling,” Randy Timmons said about his son.

Dozens of people holding signs lined the main street into the 900-person town of Van Buren when Timmons came home.

“Feels terrific to see all these people,” the teen said. “And congratulate me on being home. Being alive. Just feels amazing.”

Residents had started a social media campaign to support the family and held a prayer vigil after Timmons’ accident.

Jacobsen said Timmons will likely have some permanent brain damage but should have an essentially normal life if he avoids further head injuries.