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Teen Making Recovery After Major Brain Trauma from Snowmobile Accident

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We first brought you the story at the start of the new year, when a West Fargo freshman nearly lost his life in a snowmobile crash.

After suffering major brain trauma, he's now well on the road to recovery.

Life is now measured in small feats for Charley Weber.

"You just have to kind of slow down and it will come," Jeff Weber, his father, explained.

It's a lesson this fifteen year-old learned while racing a snowmobile to catch the ball drop on New Year's Eve.

"We were kind of rushing because we had like five minutes to get to his house and we had a distance to go and then the culvert was there," Charley said.

It was an accident that changed the way he looked at the world.

Charley's parents got a phone called saying he was involved in an accident and directing them to the hospital.

They found him unresponsive. Communication didn't start up for at least a week.

Charley says the crash caused a bruise on his brain, but if he wasn't wearing a helmet it would have killed him.

The fight for his life then came step by step.

He recovered memory and speech, learned to walk again and eventually to run.

Charley says he's not angry about the crash, but rather thankful he survived it.

It's all part of the little moments the whole family has come to appreciate.

"One of the things I said that night," Michelle, Charley's mother, said,"just let us have our son. It doesn't matter how many years to get him back, but let us have him and we got that."

Then the moment he raised his hands into the shape of a "W" for Weber or wisdom, or whatever.

"It can be anything, whatever you want it to be," Charley said about the sign.

For his parents it was a sign they often held up to tell their kids "I love you." That day, it was a sign to say Charley was on his way back.

An outlook that saved them, when small feats feel monumental.

Charley is now suffering from double vision caused by major brain trauma.

Last week, he took a series of cognitive tests in hopes of returning to school before the year is through.

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