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Published March 02, 2013, 05:33 PM

A West Fargo teenager recovers from a brain injury

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A West Fargo ninth grader started the New Year re-learning how to walk and talk.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A West Fargo ninth grader started the New Year re-learning how to walk and talk.

Charley Weber suffered a traumatic brain injury in a snowmobile accident New Years' Eve. His parents say his recovery has been a miracle. Charley Weber was an active 15-year-old, a freshman at Sheyenne in West Fargo.

Charley: "The sports that I play are football, wrestling, golf, and baseball."

But on New Years' Eve… that all changed in an instant.

Charley was thrown from the snowmobile he was riding with a friend.

He hit the ground so hard his brain compressed against his skull.

"We're talking with the Weber family..."

His family stopped by the Christopher Gabriel show to talk about the accident.

Michelle (Mom): "Your heart goes right down to the bottom of your stomach. They told us that he had a pulse and that's all they could tell us. It was very scary."

Once quick-footed on the field, Charley's traumatic brain injury meant he had to re-learn how to walk and talk.

Charley: "I didn't have any trouble with balance. But now, when I'm on one foot trying to do stuff, it opens my eyes."

Just two months later, Charley's recovery has been quicker than any of his family could have imagined.

Shelby (Sister): "It's been amazing, you don't ever really think that you'll see your brother in a hospital bed."

Jeff (Dad): "It was a miracle of his strength, him being in such good condition and young."

Becky Parker: "The silver lining through this whole ordeal has been the support from the community. They've helped the family out by making meals or running errands… and friends and family also planned a Sunday night benefit here at Grazis."

Charley is still doing physical and speech therapy.

Meantime doctors have sidelined him for a year from the sports he loves,

but Charley says he's made it this far, and has no plans of slowing down.

The spaghetti feed benefit is at Grazi's tomorrow night at 5.

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