Malachi Griffin was helping his uncle move from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Tennessee, when his life changed forever. On Dec. 8, halfway through their 15-hour trip, Malachi lost control of the truck he was driving and rolled nine times into oncoming traffic.
He was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with life-threatening injuries, including a severe traumatic brain injury. His family rushed to his side, unsure of what the future would hold but hoping for a miracle.
Five weeks later, Malachi remained unresponsive but was stable enough to be transferred to Mary Free Bed to begin rehabilitation. More than 140 days after he arrived – six months after the accident – Malachi walked out of the hospital, headed home to Hancock.
The Griffins’ “journey of fear, faith and fortitude” was featured in an installment of “Our Michigan Life” on WZZM in Grand Rapids. In it, Mary Free Bed Kids pediatric physiatrist Lisa Voss (pictured at right, congratulating Malachi during his June 7 inpatient graduation celebration) calls his recovery “an absolute miracle.”
Watch it here.