SALISBURY, Md. - A lot has changed in the past week for Trey Cantwell. He's an aspiring musician and a father-to-be, but now Cantwell says this may be his toughest test yet: trying to walk again.
The 27-year-old Parsonsburg man says he is just started to have feeling in his fingers after a March 5 accident. Cantwell says he and a friend were driving into work when their truck spun out on Route 610, flipping across a field, then hitting a patch of ice before landing on the hood. Cantwell says they were traveling under the speed limit. According to Maryland State Police, there were seven accidents, including Cantwell's, on Route 610 near Sheppards Crossing Road and Donaway Road that morning.
"I just remember being face down and thinking about my unborn kid and hoping that I could pull through it because, at the time, I couldn't move," said Cantwell.
David Haynes, a friend of Cantwell, says he remembers the day vividly.
"I had dropped my daughter off and was on my way to work when [our mutual friend Billy called me] and said 'Trey has been in an accident,'" said Haynes. "They rushed him to the hospital and came straight[to Peninsula Regional Medical Center]."
"The eight hour wait of the surgery was just hard," said Jason Cantwell, Trey's brother. "It was hard. I was tired. I couldn't sleep."
Doctors said Cantwell was paralyzed from the chest down with little hope to walk again. Then he started gaining more feeling in his hands and even a burning back in his toes. Through the ups and downs, his battle has not been alone.
Dozens of family and friends have stood by his side and hundreds of comments poured out on Facebook.
"Everybody's supporting Trey," said Jason Cantwell. "It's just phenomenal, the phone calls I've been getting. I found out iPhone batteries don't last long, especially if you're getting calls."
"I'd do anything for him," said Haynes.
Cantwell says the sky's the limit for him on his road to recovery.
Cantwell left PRMC Tuesday afternoon for Pennsylvania to start his in-patient rehab. Cantwell said before he left that he's very grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone and he wouldn't have made such progress so far without their help.
As for his personal goal? He hopes to walk again by October, when his baby is to be born.
His family and friends are organizing fundraiser's and events to help raise money for his medical costs and rehab.
To learn more about these events, or Trey's progress, head to the "Trey Will Walk" Facebook page.