Todd and Shilo Allen buried their youngest child, Brody, on Oct. 27. The 2-year-old died of a rare brain cancer diagnosed in May.
Now their son, Andrew “Drew,” 18, is in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, fighting for his life after being hit as he crossed Springdale Road in Colerain Township on Monday night.
The family planned a cruise in May, but Brody’s cancer derailed that. Wiped out physically and emotionally after Brody’s funeral, Todd and Shilo rescheduled the trip, taking two of their five surviving children. Todd said he needed to get his family away.
They were on a Carnival Cruise at sea when they got news no parent wants: Drew was struck by multiple cars and seriously injured as he crossed Springdale Road, a busy street just over a half-mile from the family’s house on Adair Court. He was rushed to the hospital.
“We were in the middle of the ocean when we got the call,” Todd said. “We were headed to Puerto Rico and we made our plane with 10 minutes to spare. It was 2,300 miles in 18 hours for us to get home.”
They arrived Tuesday night to find Drew hooked up to machines and tubes, unconscious and unable to breathe on his own. He has massive injuries and is too unstable for surgery to repair broken bones.
Todd said his son has a serious life-threatening traumatic brain injury, damage to his heart and lungs, multiple compound fractures to both of his legs, damage to his kidneys, a small laceration to his spleen, a broken shoulder blade and a dislocated or broken collarbone.
He said Drew cannot breathe on his own and is on a ventilator. He is on round-the-clock kidney dialysis due to the damage to his kidneys and is in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.
Todd posted on the Team Brody Facebook page Thursday morning:
“Eleven days ago we buried our youngest son Brody. Today Shilo and I are again in the hospital facing the very real reality that we may lose another son.
“Our grief and pain is simply indescribable right now. We desperately need your help. Your prayers helped carry us through Brody’s fight with brain cancer. They continue to support us as we grieve his passing just a few days ago. Today as I sit at Andrew’s hospital bedside I know that I am not strong enough to do this on my own.
“Please, if you’re inclined, pray for Andrew’s healing and recovery. I don’t care what faith, language, religion, or perspective in life you come from. Your prayers, thoughts and well wishes carried us and more importantly, believe, gave Brody the strength and a little extra time, to live his last days to the fullest with absolute joy.”
Todd also asked for prayers for those involved in the incident.
“Our families compassion and prayers go out to those involved. I can’t imagine what they are feeling today. I want them to know that we are grateful for the assistance they provided Andrew at the scene and we are praying for them.”
Colerain Township police said the incident was under investigation. Springdale Road was reported closed for a period Wednesday for traffic reconstruction at the scene.
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There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the family with medical expenses.
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