World's strongest dad

Blackfive and Sports Illustrated tell the story of a dad who refused to give up on his son who was brain damages as a result of being stragled by the umbilical cord.


"He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life," Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. "Put him in an institution."

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. "No way," Dick says he was told. "There's nothing going on in his brain."

"Tell him a joke," Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? "Go Bruins!" And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, "Dad, I want to do that."

Sometimes finding what is inside your child's brain is not all that easy, but the effort is worth it and you also find out what is inside yourself. The father started running marathons and iron man competitions and when it was discovered that he had blockage of 95 percent in one artery, it was because he was in such good shape that his life was saved. A very heart warming story.


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