Thursday, August 6, 2020

Crash victim begins talking again

A seventh grader critically injured in a crash that killed his mother and sister is back talking again.

On Saturday, his family reported through Caring Bridge that Jaxon Harberts is saying words. “He started talking today and saying names and 4-5 words together,” Kelsy Flowers posted. “It is so good to hear his voice and just see his personality start to come through.”

The Caring Bridge website continues to be a conduit between the public and the family of Harberts, 12, as he recovers at a Rochester hospital from injuries suffered Sept. 7 in a two-vehicle crash near Claremont.

Jaxon's mother Rachel and sister Emerson, 8, died from injuries sustained in the crash on Highway 14.

Rachel taught first grade at the Blooming Elementary School and Emerson was a third grade student in the class of Becky Johnson. 

Jaxon is a seventh grader at Blooming Prairie High School. He likely will not return to school for some time as he undergoes a rehab program at the hospital.

Caring Bridge entries authored by Flowers regularly report on Jaxon's recovery progress. He even was featured walking in a video taken by his father Brandon.

On Oct. 4, Flowers posted: "He (Jaxon) is getting stronger each day and can pull up his own clothes, can snap his fingers and is getting better at writing. He assists the nurses with pretty much everything. He loves to play catch and watch football on TV."

Jaxon is a very loyal Minnesota Vikings fan and his room apparently shows it. He recently got a new foot support with a Viking helmet etched on it. His rehab helmet is also a customized Vikings helmet.

A family thank you was posted on Oct. 2: 

Harberts thank you

How does one begin to thank an overwhelming amount of people for your love and compassion in memory of Rachel and Emerson Harberts. 

Our families are humbled with your gifts of food, many visits and hugs, a phone call, beautiful gifts, monetary gifts in cards, the go fund me site and many different bank sites, and many fund raisers that continue to take place in so many communities for Brandon and Jaxon. 

Our words of thanks seem so minimal for everyone’s kindness and we just can’t thank you enough. We love your continued support for Jaxon as he is on the road to recovery. “God cries with us in our sadness and smiles with us as we reminisce over wonderful times we shared with Rachel and Emerson.” 

Love from the Harberts and the Posts.

Fundraising efforts

A Go Fund Me page exists and to date, $63,534 of a $100,000 goal has been raised.

Various fundraisers around Blooming Prairie have also brought in monies to help the Harberts family.

Purple bracelets are being sold at downtown Blooming Prairie businesses. They are in memory of Emerson Harberts. T-shirts are also being sold.

Apples have also been sold as part of fundraisers at Blooming Prairie football and volleyball games.

Blooming Prairie Schools has received many notes of sympathy from other area schools and from former students.

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