If there's ever a reason for Laurie Pittman to be thankful, doctors initially didn't give her son Zack a chance to live.
"Proud of him. Proud of everything everyone's done for him. How much he's loved," she said with a smile.
Like any parent Laurie held out hope even when a portion of Zack's skull was removed to relieve pressure on his brain. She said the thought of living without him never gave her pause.
"Really, I never got on that level. I never even tried to think of it that way at all," Laurie told Local 6's Robert Bradfield. There were several setbacks, including a stint in a coma. Doctors declared Zack brain dead, but over time he improved - even managing to ride a bike on his own. "He's always been a really smart boy," Laurie said.
Laurie's greatest joy happened Wednesday when Zack came home carried by Chris Newton who was one of the first on scene the day Zack was hit by car in May. On Thursday, Laurie was able to share another special moment when Potsy's Place in Paducah prepared a Thanksgiving day meal. "They prepared the food. We didn't have to cook anything," she said.
Laurie said Zack's future is bright and she attributes part of his progress on the public's support. "They are what's helped pull him through. The Love of God in their life and the love of him," she said.