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Young boy struggles to recover from severe brain injury

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Jordan Juliano suffered a severe brain injury when he slipped and his head struck a tile floor in his home. (Source: CBS 5 News) Jordan Juliano suffered a severe brain injury when he slipped and his head struck a tile floor in his home. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Just this past spring, Jordan placed second overall at the Nevada State Gymnastics meet. (Source: Courtesy Juliano family) Just this past spring, Jordan placed second overall at the Nevada State Gymnastics meet. (Source: Courtesy Juliano family)
After emergency surgery, Jordan was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he's undergone weeks of intensive therapy.  (Source: CBS 5 News) After emergency surgery, Jordan was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he's undergone weeks of intensive therapy. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A brave little boy is struggling to get his life back after a freak household accident caused a severe brain injury.

Just this past spring, Jordan Juliano placed second overall at the Nevada State Gymnastics meet.

Now he's having to learn how to walk all over again.

"It's really hard," said 11-year-old Jordan.

Jordan's mother, Melissa Juliano, said, "We were just at home on a Saturday evening like any family would be. The kids were watching a movie. Jordan got up to go to the bathroom, scurried in, slipped on the tile, and went back and cracked his head on the tile. In a split second, everything was different."

After emergency surgery, Jordan was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he's undergone weeks of intensive therapy. His speech was the first skill to come back. The next step is fully rewiring his brain so his body can function normally.

"There's great days where we laugh a lot, and then there's just times where it's really hard. But I think Jordan is the one keeping everyone strong and keeping everyone going because he just doesn't know how to quit," said Melissa Juliano.

Melissa Juliano credits her son's rapid recovery to the care he's received at PCH.

Still, Jordan has a long road ahead. He hopes to return to gymnastics again, while his mother hopes to convey a strong message.

"Love your kids. Love your loved ones. You just never know when anything is going to be taken away from you and how fast it can change," Melissa Juliano said.

Jordan's medical bills are enormous. If you would like to help out or follow his progress, log onto Jordanjuliano.weebly.com.

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