Teen brother of toddler who died from brain cancer last month now fighting for life after being struck by two cars
According to father Todd Allen, Andrew Allen was crossing the Springdale Road near his home when he was hit by two vehicles on November 5
The 18-year-old brother of a toddler who died just last month from brain cancer is now in critical condition after he was hit by multiple cars while crossing a street close to his home in Ohio. According to father Todd Allen, Andrew 'Drew' Allen was crossing the Springdale Road near his home when he was hit by two vehicles on November 5. Andrew was immediately taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and placed under a medically-induced paralysis. The teen is also reportedly sedated heavily.
The Daily Mail reported that two-year-old Brody Allen, Andrew's little brother who died in October this year from a rare form of brain cancer called Embryonal Tumor with Multilayered Rosettes (ETMR). The prognosis isn't good for the disease with those diagnosed left with a five-year survival rate that ranges from 0 to 30 per cent.
Andrew's accident comes only two weeks after the family buried Brody, their youngest son. According to the father, Andrew suffered a "life-threatening traumatic brain injury, damage to his heart and lungs, multiple compound fractures to both of his legs, and damage to his kidneys." He is also reported to have suffered a small laceration to his spleen, a broken shoulder blade, and a dislocated collar bone.
Todd, the father, said that Andrew is currently not able to breathe on his own and has been put on a ventilator. In a gut-wrenching post on Facebook, Todd said: "He is on round-the-clock kidney dialysis due to the damage sustained to his kidneys. His heart blood pressure and function have been a serious battle to control since arriving." According to the devastated father, the Colerain Township Police are currently investigating the shocking incident.
Toddler Brody finally gave in to the disease on October 17 after a hard-fought battle. The family held their Christmas celebrations early this year so that the child could be a part of it before he passed away.
Brody's tragic case of wanting to be around for Christmas gained national attention when two teenagers slashed some inflatable yard decorations in the family's home in Colerain Township outside Cincinnati. A few days after the incident, Brody was able to serve as the grand marshall for the neighborhood Christmas parade on September 23.
The toddler also got Christmas cards and warm greetings from well-wishers around the world. The family has now asked the public for help once more to help pay for Andrew's medical expenses and recovery through a GoFundMe account.
The family is also asking everyone to pray for their son. Todd wrote: "Please, if your inclined, pray for Andrew's healing and recovery. I don't care what faith, language, religion, or perspective in life you come from."
He concluded: "Your prayers, thoughts and well wishes carried us and more importantly, I believe, gave Brody the strength and a little extra time, to live his last days to the fullest with absolute joy. Please, we need your help again. It's unfathomable that I am asking this of you today. Please pray for Andrew and our family. We cannot do this without you. Thank you all so much."
A prayer will be held for Andrew by family and friends at 12 p.m. on November 8 and 9.