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Luke Siegel still improving, one year after golf cart accident

Luke and his father (Source: Facebook) Luke and his father (Source: Facebook)
Luke and his father (Source: Facebook) Luke and his father (Source: Facebook)
Luke with his hero Jace Amaro (Source: Facebook) Luke with his hero Jace Amaro (Source: Facebook)
Luke with Texas Tech gear signed by team (Source: Facebook) Luke with Texas Tech gear signed by team (Source: Facebook)
Red Raiders Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury stopped by to wish Luke happy birthday (Source: Facebook) Red Raiders Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury stopped by to wish Luke happy birthday (Source: Facebook)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It's a local story that has made an impact on people across the country.

PHOTOS: Pray for Luke Siegel

Thursday marks one year since Luke Siegel was critically injured in a golf cart accident near 106th and Salem Avenue.

Luke continues to fight for his life every day, and the community continues to rally behind the Siegel family.

Tim Siegel, Luke's father, explained the long road to recovery Luke and their entire family have been on for the last year.

"Tomorrow will be one year, and 2 o'clock. Every time I see a clock and it's 2, I think about the time I received that phone call," Tim said.

The Siegel family has not been the same since that moment on July 28, 2015.

"I can't, get a grip on my emotions from minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day," he said.

Luke Siegel, described as a kind-hearted, athletic and competitive young boy, suffered severe head trauma and skull fractures in a golf cart accident.

"Angry at why it happened, how it happened," Tim said.

Luke spent forty four days in Lubbock, followed by four months at Cook Children's hospital in Fort Worth before returning home.

Tim Siegel says these last 365 days have been unimaginable.

"There's nothing more gut-wrenching than seeing your son who cannot communicate with you. And most of the communication are just sounds of either discomfort, agitation, or just trying to talk," he said.

But Luke is a determined 10-year-old boy, making progress doctors said would never happen.

"We were told based on his MRI, that he would not have use of his voice, limbs or his eyes," Tim said.

But despite all odds, Tim said, "He just refuses to quit."

Luke is doing all of those things.

"He is using his arms, moving his hands this way to show that he wants more," Tim said. "Kicking the ball with his foot just a little bit. Where he's really improved is he's swallowing frozen lemonade."

These victories for Luke, and the support from the community, keep a positive spirit in Tim and his family, even on the toughest days.

"When you live what I've lived for the last year, this is being proud. This is seeing your child fight through adversity, fight to stay alive and then fight to improve," Tim said. "He loved to compete. He's competing right now, and he's doing a heck of a job."

Tim says they don't know how much better Luke will get, but he says with the therapy Luke is going through every week and the faith their family has, they believe he will continue to improve.

Thanks to the family for providing the photos used in this story. Follow Luke's progress on Facebook at the Pray for Luke Siegel group.

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