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Today is May 29th, 2009. It was one year ago today that 16 year-old Marc Dubrey Smith of Holly Ridge, Onslow County was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Greenville with a 20-percent chance to live.

 

 

 

Today is May 29th, 2009. It was one year ago today that 16 year-old Marc Dubrey Smith of Holly Ridge, Onslow County was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Greenville with a 20-percent chance to live.

Marc suffered a traumatic brain injury after flipping his ATV. His mother Teresa says he was actually dead at the accident site. He had four or five fractures to his skull, broke all of the bones in his face, neckbones, a collarbone and three ribs.

One year after that terrible accident, Marc's amazing road to recovery continues. Marc is a straight A student, went to his prom this year, is coaching girls softball and loves video games like most teenagers.

Marc is one of the many inspiring "Miracle Kids" you'll meet during the 24th annual Children's Miracle Network broadcast here on WITN this weekend.

Marc says if it wasn't for the Dr.'s, nurses, God and loving support of his family,  he never would have made it.

When we say your dollars go to help buy the equipment necessary to save the lives of sick and injured kids in eastern Carolina...Marc is exactly what we're talking about.

Marc is just one of the many reasons why we'll be on the air asking for your donations for Children's Hospital this weekend.

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  • by Terrence Location: Aurora,NC on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    Having known the Smiths, and played softball and attended many games with them in the past, my heart felt thoughts are with them.Anytime a family suffers in a tragedy they need the support of the many friends they have around them and the community they live in. Safeguarding our children is of upmost importance.Helmits are not comfortable and we sometimes ride without them.This is a tragedy, but I thank God everyday for his hand in safeguarding this young mans life and the family and their dealing with this tragedy.I love and miss you all. Terrence Gaylor.God Bless you all and my prayers for a good recovery are with you every night I pray.tgaylor123@peoplepc.com
  • by Lisa Location: Springfield, Virginia on Jun 1, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Thank you for posting this story of Marc. He is an inspiring young man who believes in the power of God and family. He only wants to give back to the health community that saved him. Strong will and soft heart. Exceptional young man.
  • by Sue Location: Raleigh, NC on May 31, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Marc is an amazing story of overcoming unbelievable odds. Thanks to God, family and the incredible doctors, nurses, emergency care, therapists and family Marc is making a comeback that was not even imaginable at the time of his accident. Thank you for taking the time to air his story. I know he did some interviews for your broadcast. He is an amazing young man who still strives to get back where he was prior to the wreck. Anyone who knows this family can attest to their faith, strength and perseverance through all their struggles. They thank the medical staff that have and continue to help them on this journey everyday. God Bless and donate donate donate. Sue
  • by Elizabeth Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    "EastCare...a ride you can bet your life on"
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