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A young boy's story of courage

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Updated: 7/03/2013 6:58 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. --  May 7, 2013 changed five year-old Ben Bowersox' life forever. He was grabbing onto an airport hangar at Cecil Airport, when the door started moving and trapped his arm.

"This is a nightmare for any parent. This is the last thing you want to see your children go through," Steve Bowersox, Ben's Dad, said.

The accident broke Ben's arms, and ripped the flesh off his fingers. He had to be rushed to Duke Hospital in North Carolina-and went through a 15 hour surgery. He was there for 7 weeks, but came back to Northeast Florida Saturday. Sadly, not all of his fingers could be saved.

"The worst part was having to look at the stitches on my hand. I didn't like that," he said. 

Steve has been taking it especially hard. In addition to being the Music Minister at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, he's also raising Ben's twin, Brooke, on his own. His wife died two years ago from cancer. But still -- he's counting his blessings.

"I'm grateful for the foundation we have in the Lord. And in grateful for all the years of training being plugged into church and hearing those great messages. They give you hope and that hope carries you on," he explained.

Going forward, Ben will have physical therapy and focus on walking, moving his fingers, and being a little boy.

"I want to do a lot of things," he said with a smile.

The future is bright for the twins. Ben and Brooke will turn six on July 11 and start first grade in the fall.


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