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COLUMBUS, MS and BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WCBI) — After a brief setback, an 8-year-old seriously injured in an accident a week ago takes a turn for the better. Heritage Academy second grader Dean Sasser had been put back in intensive care at UAB Hospital because of concern about swelling in his brain. But doctors have addressed the problem and he’s out of intensive care and beginning rehabilitation.

The New Hope child was airlifted to Birmingham last Friday night after his mother’s car was rear-ended on Highway 45 South near the Lowndes-Noxubee County line as she attempted to make a turn. The vehicles then were hit by an 18-wheeler that tried to avoid the crash.

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