Family says 'Bubby' is getting better after getting run over by tractor

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LA PORTE, Ind. - La Porte toddler Eddie Burek, better known as Bubby, is still hospitalized in Chicago after accidentally being run over by a tractor.

Burek, 3, is out of the ICU and breathing on his own, family and friends say.

A close friend of the family says he’s getting better with each day.

“He’s talking a little bit, not much. Not eating real well yet, but he’s definitely on the rise and improving everyday," Kathy Miller, a Burek family friend, said.

His grandpa, Eddie Burek, who accidentally ran him over, said Bubby’s recovery is a miracle.

According to state data, farming accidents like these are not uncommon.

A report from Purdue University says in 2015 there were 28 fatal accidents and in 2014 there were 25.

Miller said she thinks bubby’s family is having a hard time with what happened.

“But they’re on the mend. And I think every day that Bubby gets better, they’ll get better," Miller said.

The Bureks are a big part of the community.

“They give, they give and give to the community," Miller said.

Now that community is returning the favor.

Donations, t-shirt drives, and even a poker run are coming up at the end of July.

All to show they are #Bubstrong

“I think a lot of what has happened with this family has been the prayers that everybody’s sent out to little Bub and his family," said Miller.

Bubby's mom said he is getting better every day.

American Legion Post Commander Chuck Greenawalt said there will be a breakfast and poker run at the end of July with all donations going to the family.

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