Lafayette High School graduate Jared Antle has shown signs of progress more than four months after he was seriously injured in a hit and run in Harrisonburg.
Antle, a student at James Madison University, suffered a traumatic brain injury in the August crash. One man has been charged and arrested in the hit and run.
After initial emergency surgeries and care at both Sentara RMH hospital in Harrisonburg and the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Antle was flown to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta in September for further treatment with an expected discharge date in mid-December.
Now, his family has said the hospital — known as the “Place of Miracles” — has pushed his discharge date to Jan. 17, 2019, and could be extend it even further, depending on his progress.
“At one point, his therapist laughed at something he did and she said ‘Jared that was funny. Are you a funny guy?’ ” Antle’s mother wrote in a Facebook post. “And of course he nodded yes. That made us all laugh. Jared still hasn’t smiled though. I look forward to that day.”
In the meantime, Antle has made strides toward recovery and has become increasingly conscious. His rehab includes relearning how to walk and basic strength training.
How to help
To donate money toward Antle’s recovery, visit gofundme.com/support-jared. Read the Antle family’s online journal entries at caringbridge.org/visit/jaredantle/journal.
Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at email@example.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.