Teen recovers from crash to become Eagle Scout

March 25, 2011 2:45:37 PM PDT
Robert Coxe had completely all the requirements to become an Eagle Scout back in 2009.

But, before he could be honored, he was involved in a serious car crash. He doesn't remember what happened, only where he was going.

"I wanted to take my girlfriend out," he recalls.

Rob suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash and was in a coma for three months. When he woke up, he had to re-learn how to walk, talk and eat. He's been doing that work at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility.

"He had physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and feeding therapy five times a week, so he was very busy," said speech therapist Deana Montafur. "From the moment I started working with him, he was very motivated- anything I told him to do, he would do it ten-fold."

Montafur said Rob also helps the younger kids in the facility and even started a recycling program.

It's that kind of dedication to community service that helped Coxe earn his status.

Rob says he is living an Eagle Scout life, as he always has been, but now he's getting the recognition - including a congratulatory letter from Vice President Biden.

Finally, on Saturday, Rob will be inducted into the Eagles Scouts. The ceremony is on March 26th at 1:00 p.m. in Vineland.

After that, Rob will continue his therapy in Voorhees and, one day, he hopes to pursue his goal of going back to school. He was studying computers before the accident.

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