BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — On Christmas Eve, Paul and Anna Grass and their three boys were at Rockaway Beach with friends. The boys ran ahead and were hit by a sneaker wave.
The boys tried to jump on a log to avoid it, but 10-year-old Andy “fell the wrong way and the log rolled over him,” his mother said.
Andy’s lungs collapsed, his liver was lacerated and he suffered broken bones all over his body.
In the moments before doctors sedated Andy, he asked his dad what his large Christmas present was under their tree.
Two weeks later, he woke up at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The large Christmas present came up in conversation again.
“He said, ‘I remember,'” his father Paul said. “He said, ‘The only reason I asked that question is because I thought I was dying.’ That was a tender moment in the hospital.”
The present? Pop A Shot.
While the 4th-grade basketball and baseball player was making strides off the court and field, his family was receiving enormous support.Worldwide reaction
A Facebook campaign called Grass Strong started. Andy’s school and teammates rallied around him. His parents received emails from around the world.
“I didn’t expect it to explode like it did,” Anna said.
Andy began getting signed sports memorabilia from athletes including Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson. He also got a hospital visit from Beaverton native and LA Dodgers player Darwin Barney.
Barney gave him a Dodgers jersey and a note: “Wishing you a fast recovery. Your friend, Darwin.”
Andy, whose favorite team is the Seattle Mariners, was asked if he was now a big Dodgers fan.
“No,” he said, laughing.
Andy is now back at school as much as possible.
“My teacher, she is really helping me and she’s being flexible,” he said.
The Grass family is grateful for all the support they received and they thank Doernbecher’s doctors and nurses for all they did to save Andy.