Jake Burnside continues to recover after a crash that killed three friends earlier this month
Jake Burnside's family says his condition has been upgraded to fair. In a statement released today Burnside's parents say he underwent a ten hour surgery yesterday.
Doctors used eight metal plates and 40 screws on his facial bones. Another surgery for a broken collarbone was also done.
"He walked from his bed to a chair in his room and Wednesday night, he was reading the sports section of the newspaper," the family statement says.
They say Jake is doing word recognition exercises with the staff and on Thursday night, he was able to write the words "I love you."
Carter and Karen Burnside say barring any complications, they are hopeful that their son will be moved to a rehabilitation center next week to continue his recovery.
The Burnside's ask everyone to keep the families of Jackson Blick, Tyler Walling and Trey Hansen in their prayers. Blick was driving when the Mustang went off the road and overturned near Fremont.