Tremont Seals, 7, woke up from a coma Wednesday, more than a week after he was struck in a hit-and-run while playing outside during a neighborhood Fourth of July party, his relieved mother said.
Tameka Jones was at her home when the boy awoke but her sister was at his bedside in the pediatric intensive care unit at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
"We are really overjoyed," Jones said. "From the looks of it, we'll have the Tremont we're used to seeing."
Jones is optimistic about her son.
"It was around 11 a.m. He opened both his eyes," Jones said her sister told her.
He gestured for her to come close and he grabbed her hand, pulling her toward him, Jones said.
Doctors came and asked him to throw up a peace sign. He raised two fingers in a V.
He also moved his legs.
"He kicked the occupational therapist," his mother said, smiling.
He even watched some TV.
"Paw Patrol," Jones said.
Tremont, also known as Trey, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a car on Loring Avenue, near Sisters Hospital, at about 11:30 p.m. on July 4.
Doctors feared the worst.
So did his mother.
"But then ... that changed," Jones said while sitting on a bench outside the hospital.
He was taken off the ventilator. Doctors inserted a breathing tube and he was tolerating it well.
On Tuesday, he opened one eye while his father, Richard Seals, was with him.
On Wednesday, doctors were preparing to have the boy transferred to a regular hospital bed and told Jones he should be able to go to a rehabilitation facility in the next week or two.
Trey is weak on one side of his body and he will have to wear a neck brace for the next three months. Doctors are planning to put a GI tube in his side so he can be more mobile, Jones said.
After waking up Tremont became agitated and doctors gave him a sedative and he was asleep again Wednesday afternoon.
Police are still searching for the driver and asked anyone with information about the incident to call or text the police confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.