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Troy got a phone call one he now talks about in presentations he gives to hospital staff.
"The other day, I was cleaning out our drawer, and I found a card my son Carson he recorded his voice into dad's birthday card. So I got to hear his voice yet again," said Heather.
Police said Dalasta was speeding, and he ran a stop sign before hitting the DeJoodes' van. The impact to the minivan spun it around.
"He was going over 50 mph when he hit me. I was perfectly stopped," said Heather.
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After a week, Chase was able to go home. He's now 5 years old. Troy and Heather said he's doing fine.
Monday was scheduled to be the DeJoode's day in court to Converse Sandals White
Troy would learn Heather and Claire went to Mercy Medical Center; Carson and Chase to Methodist Medical Center. His first question: where to go first?
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face the man who police said hit their minivan during a crash that killed two of their children. But last month, Kevin Dalasta, 46, asked for and was granted another delay in the trial date.
"I was faced with the first of many difficult choices," said Troy.
Heather was taking 5 year old Carson to karate class on May 6, 2010, when the crash happened. She also had her 5 month old daughter, Claire, in the car and her 3 year old son, Chase.
Carson was a Jedi Knight and a huge fan of the movie series, and his parents said he often pretended to defend his baby sister from the family dog.
Heather DeJoode has a hundred little milestones behind her, which she said is thanks in large part thanks to On With Life, a rehabilitation facility in Ankeny. She can now eat, walk and even drive things her husband Troy was told she might not be able to do ever again.
Troy and Heather said they wanted to talk now because the outpouring of support has been so Converse Original Blue tremendous that they thought people would like to know how they are doing.
The pictures will be part of the evidence at Dalasta's trial. The couple said the trial delays have been frustrating.
The couple brought along a framed picture of Carson and Claire to their interview with KCCI's Amanda Lewis. They said the picture was particularly special because it was taken by Heather.
"That is a really big example, but for me I can walk down the Star Wars aisle at Walmart and it will do it to me," said Troy.
But Heather said she still has trouble with simple tasks like unloading the dishwasher."I'm always getting better, but it's a lot of work," said Heather.
She said the pickup driven by Dalasta came out of nowhere.
Heather spent four months at On With Life. She's gone from not speaking, moving or remembering anything to getting her driver's license back last year after countless hours of therapy.
"I got the call, and what I vaguely remember her saying, 'My name is something; I'm the house nurse at Mercy. Are you driving?,'" said Troy. "I can tell you there is nothing good that comes after those words."
Troy and Heather said her recovery has been remarkable.
Carson died the night after the crash and Claire about 18 hours later.
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Paramedics resuscitated Carson and Claire at the scene. Air and ground ambulances took them to two different hospitals.
"Is she ever going to wake up?" said Troy. "He (the doctor) said if she's asleep in 90 days, I wouldn't worry about it. If she's asleep in a year, then we'll start to worry about her. And she walked on the 90th day here at On With Life."
They said Dalasta has not tried to contact them, even just to say he's sorry for what happened.
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