Teen survives horrible accident on golf course: ‘It felt like I got hit by a train’

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AVON, Ohio-- An Avon family has plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season after their son survived a horrible accident on the golf course.

Thursday, August 13 was supposed to be summertime fun for 18-year-old Ty Howard and his friends.

The foursome, soon-to-be college freshmen, headed to Pheasant Run Golf Course for a round of golf.

“We got through the first hole; I actually won that hole,” said Ty.

Then the foursome stepped to the tee-box at the second hole.

Ty teed off, then sat in the golf cart waiting for his friends to hit their drives. The first tee shot ricocheted off one of the golf carts Ty was sitting in and struck him in the side of the head.

“I was looking at the tee shot and when he started his swing I looked at the fairway to see where the ball was going; next thing I know, it felt like I got hit by a train,” said Ty.

His friends called 911. He was rushed to Elyria Medical Center with what paramedics deemed a concussion.

Moments later, he was being airlifted to MetroHealth Medical Center.

“That’s the worst imaginable phone call you can get, when you’re driving you’re just thinking about everything,” said Ty’s dad, Chris.

“I felt like I was watching a TV show, ER or something, a bad nightmare,” Ty’s mother, Susan said.

Ty was then rushed into surgery to have part of his skull removed. He was having seizures and had internal bleeding.

“I got to see him before he went into surgery and that’s the hardest thing as a dad,” Chris said.

Three months after the accident, Ty is symptom-free and ready to begin college in January at John Carroll University. Doctors at MetroHealth say Ty’s friends played a huge role in the speedy recovery.

“We talk in trauma a lot, the golden hour or that first hour from injury to getting to the hospital is where we can really make a difference, so Ty’s friends getting on the phone, doing what they did really made a huge difference in Ty’s recovery,” said MetroHealth trauma surgeon Dr. Laura Kreiner.

The Howards will celebrate Thanksgiving together on Thursday, with plenty of thanks to the men and women who saved their son.

“To everyone, we wish you all a Happy Holiday and a great Thanksgiving because you gave us our holiday,” said Chris.

Ty says he plans on playing golf again, but in the future will stand beside or behind golfers when they are hitting the ball.