Nick Mansell, the 12-year-old Taft boy critically injured in a motorcycle accident on Labor Day, continues to undergo surgery and recover from his injuries.
In the meantime, a fundraising effort continues, and members of his family have reached out to the people that stopped to help Nick after the accident.
Nick suffered a traumatic amputation of his left leg plus multiple fractures to his arms, jaw and vertebrae in the crash.
A website, http://www.gofundme.com/helpnick, has been established to allow people to donate online to help the family with expenses.
He has been receiving treatment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
He endured his longest surgery late last week, going in at 7:30 a.m. and coming out at 4:30 p.m., said his cousin, Shana Sanders.
"They closed his open wound on his left arm and set the broken bones in his right and left arms," Nick's sister Shanell Mansell said in an email forwarded to the Taft Midway Driller. "They cleaned his left leg where it was severed. As of right now, they are planning on doing his wrist and hands surgeries next week."
Despite the ordeal, he continues to improve.
"Nick was very alert when he came back to his room. He kept trying to sit up and talk," Shanell said. "He mouthed 'I love you Mom'. The nurse asked if he was any pain and he shook his head no. The nurse then asked if he was okay and he shook his head yes.
"We kept telling him over and over again that we are proud of him, that he's doing good and that we love him," Shanell continued. "He's such a fighter and keeps on impressing us everyday. He is finally resting now. Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes."
Nick is also impressing the medical staff with his spirit.
"So far he has surprised us all with his strength," Sanders said. " Everyone on ICU floor is calling him the miracle boy.He is a Mansell...they might get knocked down but they are too darn stubborn to stay down. They are fighters!"
Sanders has been in contact with the people that stopped to help Nick immediately after the accident.
"I was able to chat a bit on Facebook with a few of the first people on scene," she said. "It felt good to personally thank them for helping," she said. "One was just a passerby and actually laid in the road with Nick to comfort him. I wish Nick was able to chat with them but not quite yet."
More surgeries for Nick are scheduled for this week.
Page 2 of 2 - Nick was a passenger on a motorcycle drive by his father Robert that collided with a truck on Highway 33 at Wood Street on Labor Day.
Robert Mansell died in the crash.
A memorial service for the father will be held when Nick has healed enough to be able to attend, family members said