Neshaminy High School student Matt Cruz has long road ahead

February 27, 2013 8:28:51 PM PST
For almost a month now, 17-year-old Neshaminy High School student Matt Cruz has been fighting to get better in a Boston hospital with his mother Megan by his side.

"I just kept thinking this can't be my kid. It can't be my child. At first it was not knowing where he was or how bad he was hurt," Megan said.

The Langhorne teen was the most seriously injured from a charter bus crash on Soldiers Field Road on February 2nd.

He was on a college tour trip with dozens of other Bucks County teens when investigators say the bus driver missed several height limit signs and slammed into a bridge.

"I told Matthew that when the bus hit the bridge that the crush from the cargo above, when it came down, it broke his neck and his back," Megan said.

The star athlete has been regaining feeling despite severe spinal damage.

Matt was released from Boston Medical Center and is being transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City.

"We're very hopeful. Like I said, everyone says it is too soon to tell. There's too much swelling and when the swelling goes down we'll have a better idea of what we're dealing with," Megan said.

Matt's father died a few months ago and he has a 10-year-old brother.

His mother is looking forward to him getting back home to a larger support system.

"Matthew has a great deal of friends and all those friends are going to do nothing but support him through his recovery and his rehab and I'm looking forward to him getting that back," Megan said.

Megan Cruz would not talk about the lawsuit she has against the West Philadelphia bus company that owned that charter bus.

A fund has been set up to help pay for Matt's medical expenses at Bucks First Federal Credit Union.