A rising senior at Goodpasture High School is recovering from surgery Tuesday evening after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Caleb Wilson, an all-star baseball player from Goodpasture, was with friends Sunday night.
His dad, Rodney, told Nashville's News 2 the tragic accident occurred when a friend started to leave.
"He put the car in drive, I mean reverse, and ran over Caleb," Rodney explained, adding, "He has a fractured back, a broken ankle and some fractures in his face."
Caleb is a popular student athlete at Goodpasture and many of his friends were inside the Vanderbilt waiting room with his mom and dad Tuesday.
Sean Murphy says he's best friends with Caleb, and drove to Vanderbilt from his home in Maury County.
"He's just a great guy, a great baseball player, all star, he was good at every sport when we were little. Just a great guy [with] a caring heart," he said.
Rodney Wilson said he remains hopeful his son will walk again despite what doctors say.
"They'll tell us the best they know and the best they know from a medical perspective is, he probably won't [walk again]," he said, "but we're holding out hope, and all it takes is the most minuscule faith, because the faith of a mustard seed can move a mountain."
On Tuesday, as word of Caleb's accident spread on social media, the hashtag #prayforcaleb was trending on Twitter.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:49:00 GMT
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