A teenage boy has woken up from a coma nine months after he was pushed in front of an oncoming car.
Angel Botello Hernandez, known as Angel Figueroa, 16, suffered a traumatic brain injury that put him into a nine-month-long coma on Monday, 28th February.
The boy was reportedly riding his skateboard along in the city of Hemet, California State, USA, when a group of teenagers stopped him.
During an argument, they pushed him into the traffic where a 52-year-old Tesla driver hit him.
Angel was rushed to hospital where he remained in a nine-month-long coma before he finally woke up almost exactly nine months later.
His attackers fled but were eventually caught by police.
His aunt Belki Brizuela said: “I couldn’t recognize him he was so swollen. His head was really big. He had so many scars.
“And bruises everywhere, and cuts… I can’t wrap my mind around it. Why? You know, what was the reason to do that you know?”
She said that the teen who pushed Angel in front of the vehicle was sentenced to six months in a detention centre, while the three other delinquents were placed under house arrest.
She called the court’s verdicts “a slap on the wrist” and a “joke”, considering that her nephew had a part of his skull removed.
But she added that Angel, who recently woke up, was just moved to a rehabilitation facility in Orange County and is now relearning how to lift his legs and open his eyes.
She said: “Not quite responding or communicating with us but just moving little movements give us a sign of hope you know.
“There’s hope that he’s going to come out of this.”
Brizuela launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to help her family cover Angel’s medical bills and get him a van for future use.
The campaign has beaten the USD 35,000 (GBP 29,000) goal just six days after it was initiated on Monday, 21st November.
The aunt said in the fundraiser description: “[I would] like to say thank you for all your love and prayers, please keep praying for him for a full recovery.
“I can say this he is out of a coma, he [is] awake, he [is] moving his left side of his body.
“He [is] starting therapy to help him stimulate his brain more.”
Brizuela hoped that her nephew’s story will teach others a valuable lesson and added: “Teach your kids, like, it is not fun and games, you know?
“It’s not a joke when you go out with your friends. Every decision you make there are consequences.”