Conner’s story: An update on Conner McDougall

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

We want to update you the a story of a little boy who's grabbed the hearts of so many, more than a year after the wreck that nearly took his life, Conner McDougall is proving miracles can happen.

A year and a half since doctors said his life was over, Conner McDougall is now growing stronger every day to the point doctors say he will make it to a normal kindergarten class.

“It’s almost been two years. We're hoping by the time he starts kindergarten he's going to be up and going," Conner’s mother, Sonya McDougall, says.

Sonya credits the generosity of so many in Texoma who have helped her and her son, as well as the doctors at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute in Baltimore.

"We go every six months. When we get there, they just boost him up, they see where he's at; give him more intense home therapy. They also train us while we're there. The last three days we are there they let us do the entire therapy so we know what we are doing," Sonya says.

What they're doing is basically re-wiring and re-training Conner’s muscles to work. For most, a spinal cord injury could take years to correct, but due to what some call a miracle, Conner is ahead of the game.

"You only have to have 10 percent of your nerves working to have a functional life," therapist Shane Stoball says.

Conner has twenty.

Most families celebrate Thanksgiving once a year, but for the McDougall Family, they count their blessings every day.

"First and foremost I’m so thankful to God for giving me Conner’s life. He could have been gone that day. He gave the gift of life in Conner. I’m so thankful for the people who've been praying for us, we have such a great support system, church family, friends, family, an awesome community. I can't express how wonderful all those surrounding communities are," Sonya says.

It's money raised in those communities that helped Sonya get Conner to Baltimore for therapy. From that they have bought a specialized bike which is used to specifically help Conner re-train those muscles.

Recently, they have started him on the bike which is powered by electrodes that help fire the muscles, that has helped with his ability to maintain his head control his muscle tone and the size of his muscles and as you can see that's helping.

You can see previous features on Conner on the related story links below.

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  • by Tuesday Location: Durant on Nov 25, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    God bless you Sonya and Conner. Conner had a wonderful father here on earth. He and Sonya were blessed with Conner and I remember how proud of Conner his father was. Please always remind him how lucky he was and is to have such wonderful parents. Best of luck Sonya
  • by Christi Location: Durant, OK on Nov 23, 2007 at 11:42 AM
    May God continue to bless you and your family. Mom keep up the good work. Connor needs your strength to help him get stronger. Good luck! My family will continue to pray for yours and hope to hear more updates in the future.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Nov 23, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    He has been blessed by God and angels are always with him....Good Luck Conner
  • by Bonita Location: Sherman on Nov 23, 2007 at 10:19 AM
    Connor, you are a miracle the Lord has blessed you and your family so much and Connor when things are not looking to good always look up to the Lord and He will always be there to help you out, we will continue to pray for you and your family
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