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Baby Izaiah's parents surprised with new car

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There's finally some good news for the parents of baby Izaiah. As you'll remember, the toddler was paralyzed and left partially blind after being run over by a drunken teenager.

Recently, Izaiah's parents lost their only car in a fire, but on Wednesday they got a wonderful surprise -- a new car.

Izaiah's parents looked nervous and unsure, because they thought they were going to a luncheon. Instead, they were surprised by multiple camera crews and presented with a $7,000 car that was all theirs.

"We didn't expect any of this we were jus expecting a dinner or something, but not a car," Jacob said.

Jacob and Lucy's son has been hospitalized since last October. A 17-year-old drunk driver crashed into the toddler, leaving him partially blind and paralyzed.

"Every day he struggles to breathe," Lucy said.

The family's problems continued in March, when their old car caught on fire on the freeway next to the hospital.

"Like a movie scene, like all the cars you see in the movies, that's exactly how it was," Jacob said.

So three local organizations teamed up to provide a Mazda sedan, including the San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union.

"It feels so good to do something like this, and to partner with two great organizations in Passion 4 Kids and New Cars Inc. is phenomenal," Stan Abrams of the San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union said.

Friends of the family say Izaiah's medical bill is nearly $3 million.

"These are 22-year-old kids who haven't even lived their own lives yet and they are trying to figure out how they are making it work for their handicapped child for the rest of his life," Linda Van Kessler of Passion 4 Kids said.

Van Kessler says after seven months of despair, Izaiah's young father finally has a manageable problem: learning how to drive a stick shift.

"That will be a fun thing. It's a guy thing, so he'll love that," she said.

"It's nice, I like (the car), never had a nice car really," Lucy said.

The family hopes to leave the hospital soon, and when they do they'll be driving their new car.

"It's a blessing. It's a really big surprise, one of the biggest surprises I've ever gotten," Jacob said.

The teenager who hit Izaiah was sentenced to 480 days in youth offender program, the maximum penalty under state law. Izaiah's parents still feel that punishment is way too lenient.

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