After Preparing For The Worst, Family Hopeful of Teen's Recovery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The family of a Marshall University football hopeful critically injured in a weekend auto accident in south Alabama calls it a miracle.

19-year-old Bobby Gleason wasn't responding to stimulus after being critically injured in a Sunday car accident near Opp, Alabama, so he was taken off a respirator yesterday in preparation of having his organs harvested.

Then their son rolled his eyes and started coughing. The neurosurgeon at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, said he'd never seen anything like it. The parents, Bob and Melanie Gleason, were later told their son was moving his arms.

Bobby Gleason was injured in a two-vehicle collision that killed one of his friends, 18-year-old Christopher Withers. Gleason, Withers and three other recent Huntington High graduates were returning home from a post-graduation trip to a Florida beach when their van collided head-on with another car.

The Gleasons believe Bobby's youth and strength helped him survive the accident. Bobby was scheduled to be a walk-on for Marshall's football program this fall.

Bobby Gleason and his twin sister were test tube babies.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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