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Miracle boy fights back from spinal cord injury

Published: February 22, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS — Wanyae Givens’ chances of surviving the auto accident that nearly severed his spine at the base of his skull were extremely slim.

But less than two weeks after he nearly died, the 13-year-old Burton Middle School seventh-grader, although unable to speak, is the one assuring his mother and other family members he will be OK.

Injured in a car crash Feb. 10, he communicates by blinking his eyes — once for “no,” twice for “yes.”

Wanyae suffered what doctors call a “shear injury.”