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Boy tossed from crash in car seat now improving, walking

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The little boy who survived a crash that sent him flying 30 feet from his parents' car while still strapped to his car seat is now walking again, and his parents want his story to be a reminder to always double-check your child's car seat.

In February, 2-year-old Mason Carney was seriously hurt when he and his father, Josh Carney, were rear-ended on Highway 231 in Rutherford County.

A piece of metal severed the seat belt restraining Mason's car seat, and the boy was ejected on impact.

Investigators say Josh Carney had Mason in the right kind of car seat, and everything was snapped and buckled just as it should have been in their 1999 Nissan Maxima.

"We don't feel God caused the accident. We feel like he intervened afterwards to turn it into a bigger miracle," Josh Carney said.

Mason spent time at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and underwent surgery. His father also had surgery to repair a broken arm.

Mason was later transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where he learned to walk and talk again.

"He wasn't able to sit up unassisted. He wasn't able to walk. He was being fed through a feeding tube, so he wasn't able to eat or drink on his own," said mother Amy Carney.

"Mason became the star of the hospital. All the nurses wanted to work with him, and all the kids became familiar with him," Josh Carney said.

Today, not only is Mason walking, he's running.

And he wears a medical halo to support his neck.

"The halo is a great device in terms of holding his neck stable while it heals itself. But it can also injure him if he falls," Josh Carney said.

While his parents are extra careful, little Mason is often unphased by it all.

"We hope that he uses this in his life to be a stronger person," Josh Carney said. "This is something that Mason will always know about. We're going to make sure that he's always aware of how the community has come together to support him."

For now, he'll be running, playing with his toy trucks, and doing all the things little boys do.

Mason's parents have not been able to work since the accident in February. A donation fund has been established to help the family, and the community has already raised more than $14,000 to go toward those initial costs.

If you would like to contribute, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/74qwt8.

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