Benefit for Miracle Teen

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM EDT

Lackawanna, N.Y. (WKBW) - Caleb Bantin-Barney, 19, said he is lucky to be alive.

"Somebody went to go pass another vehicle, came into our lane and struck us," Barney said.

The truck hit them head on, destroying both vehicles. It all happened on route 20 in Hamburg last September 11th.

"I got a phone call and it was the Hamburg Police telling me my son had been in a terrible accident, get to Mercy Hospital, " Mother Heather Barney said.

Barney, his ex-girlfriend and the driver of the truck were all injured.

"Once I got to the hospital I was talking but then I went into a coma for two weeks. I broke both my femurs and had traumatic brain injury," Barney said.

He said it has been a long road to recovery, going through seven surgeries, with still a long way to go.

Both barney and his mom Heather said they are touched by the amount of people who have help them through.

"The community could not believe the overwhelming love and compassion from complete strangers who were there to support us in our time of need," Heather Barney said.

Now, they are asking family, friends and neighbors to come out once again for a benefit on January 26th from 1 p.m. to 6p.m. at the Ironworkers Hall on Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

"It's for my building up medical bills which are skyrocketing more and more and more," Barney said.

As Barney continues to recover, his dreams of just being a normal teen and heading back to college are getting closer. In the meantime, he saif he is staying positive and keeping an open mind about this entire experience.

"Made me realize things that I should be grateful for and that I never realized before," Barney said.