Van Alstyne teen focused on recovering

By: Ethan Hutchins Email
By: Ethan Hutchins Email

VAN ALSTYNE---A Texoma teen is fighting to beat the odds after a life changing injury.

"He's not laying in bed crying, and feeling sorry for himself, he is going to walk again that's his attitude." said Karla Sprowl.

Each day is a new day. That's what Riley Sprowl's parents Jason and Karla say. They say their son is progressing slowly but surely.

"He went from going a couple of days and having a bad day and going a couple of having a bad day, to go about 6 and 7 days and having a bad day." said Jason Sprowl.

The Van Alstyne High School student was flown to Parkland Hospital in December after he was involved in a sledding accident..

His parents say he has little movement below the neck and may not for a long time, but they say Riley's positive outlook can't be contained.

"He's never given it a second thought which helps us stay strong, when I start to cry he'll look at me and say," Mom it's okay, it's going to be okay, it's okay." said Karla Sprowl.

The Van Alstyne community has reacted for months now in support of Riley, but the support has also come from far and wide even from another survivor.

"Hey Riley this is Marcus Lattrel, I just wanted to send you a letter man, I know you've been going through some tough times right now, but I've heard a lot of good things about you, and I've heard that you're a fighter, and that you're not going to give up on yourself or anybody else." said Former U.S. Navy Seal "Lone Survivor" Marcus Latrell.

"We grew up in this town and people know us, and we know them, and I think Riley has touched a lot of people." said Jason Sprowl.

His parents say his friends say they're focused on encouraging Riley in his goal of walking again; even going back to his football and baseball teams and eventually on to college.

"It ain't really what we lost, in Riley, cause we still got Riley, it's more of I just wish there was more I could do for him." said Jason Sprowl.

His parents say he has a long way to go for Riley..but they say he'll keep improving and they're just glad he's still here.

"We can't look back on who he was, or what it could have been, it's now and we're going to move forward." said Jason Sprowl.

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