BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dayton Suire was five years old playing in the driveway when the unthinkable happened. He was run over by a family friend. His family didn't know if he would even survive.
"It was very difficult to go through that. I mean your life just stands still. You're going around, life is normal, and then suddenly things just come to a halt."said Katie Suire, Dayton's mom.
Dayton was rushed to the local hospital and then transported to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. He was placed in a medically induced coma and awoke two weeks later. That's when his long road to recovery began.
"We didn't know for those first few months if he'd ever walk again. His accident was April 26, 2010 and he didn't take his first steps until August 2010," said Katie. "And then it was so shaky we weren't sure if he'd ever be able to do anything more than move around the house a bit. We still thought maybe he'd be wheelchair bound, but he proved us wrong on that too."
Because of the accident, Dayton lost part of his brain which causes his right side to be weak. He also developed Epilepsy, but has not had a seizure in 3 years. Dayton goes to physical therapy multiple times a month. That has given Dayton a possible future career. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, Dayton said, "Be a therapist so that I can help kids just like me."
It's amazing this 10-year-old has been able to keep a sense of humor, but Dayton could easily be a stand-up comedian. Here are some of Dayton's favorite jokes:
"Why can't you give Elsa a balloon? Because she'll let it go."
"What does a polar bear eat for lunch? Ice burgers."
"Where does a bird get its medicine? At its tweet-ment."
Dayton has become an ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network. He recently received a ceremony with dignitaries like Mayor Kip Holden and LSU gymnastics coach DD Breaux.
"Dayton Suire was selected out of more than 250,000 pediatric patients from across the Children's Miracle Network hospitals in Louisiana," said Danny Fields, a representative with Children's Miracle Network.
"We always knew that he was a champion but to have Children's Miracle Network acknowledging that, this is something special," Dayton's mom.
Dayton's future career goals of stand-up comedy and physical therapist will be put on hold so that he can travel the country raising awareness and funds.
"We need to make sure that no child is ever turned away because of ability to pay, but also it helps us purchase the state of the art resources that allow us to be a world class health care facility," said Fields.
In the coming days, Dayton will meet up with Children's Miracle Network Champions from all over the country in Orlando Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort to help raise awareness and fund raise for OLOL and Children's Miracle Network.