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Defying the odds, Brandon Steburg released early

Posted at 6:24 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 19:24:18-05
The survivor of a severe head injury during a football game against Creighton prep in September is making a full recovery after his final surgery.
 
Brandon Steburg had a piece of his skull put back in Wednesday, beating the odds at every turn.
 
The Papillion-La Vista senior overcame a potentially life-altering disaster to make a full recovery, now out of surgery a day early to be at home for the holidays. 
 
Steburg brought a community together, beating the odds at every step of his recovery. 
 
Two months ago, Steburg's family was told if their son survived a severe head injury playing football, he would likely suffer brain damage and be permanently disabled.  
 
Now, he's doing things like getting his hair cut and going shopping with his friends, expected to make a full recovery.
 
"I’m going to make a 100 percent recovery and I'll be alright, that's not just regular,” Steburg said. “That's not something that just happens. It's god. God put his hand on me." 
 
His final surgery Wednesday was supposed to keep the teenager in the hospital for at least two days.
 
Like every step of the way since his critical head injury. 
 
Brandon was at great clips Friday, instead of recovering in the hospital - beating the odds. 
 
"Just considering that they told my parents that I was going to be mentally challenged or not wake up from my coma at all, to be able to go from them saying that to being 100 percent and remembering everything from before the accident," Steburg said. 
 
La Vista and Papillion rallied around the young man since the accident, raising $13,000 at a pancake feed and more than $18,000 in a go-fund-me page.
 
"I can't even explain how happy it makes me to know that everybody cares about me that much and everybody wants to give their two cents in to help me get better,” Steburg said. “I just want to say, 'thank you very, very much.’"
 
Brandon Steburg Sr. says watching his family, and an entire community, unite around his son has been surreal. 
 
"It feels like a dream,” said Brandon Steburg Sr. “I look back on it and I can't believe it all happened to us. Yeah, it's... It's unbelievable." 
 
Swelling in Brandon’s head from his final surgery is expected to go back to normal.
 
Money raised, in addition to medical insurance, will cover most, if not all, of Brandon's medical expenses.