HOOPER -- No one knows better than Cayden Rawson's parents how lucky he is just to be alive.
The look from paramedics as they arrived June 5 after the Rawsons' 11-year-old son fell 21 feet, landing on his head and side, told it all.
"It's out of your hands," Cayden's mother, Amy, said in describing what the faces of the paramedics told her. "It's in God's hands.
"The fact that he wasn't in 500 pieces was miraculous in and of itself. He landed on his left side in a heap of sheet metal pieces and cement."
But now the family is realizing that Cayden's brain may make a full recovery.
That's a miracle far greater than they ever could have expected.
"Each day, to see such miraculous changes, even the baby steps at first, has been a miracle," Amy said.
Cayden was in a coma for three days but soon responded to stimulation. He has shown more signs of healing each day since then.
Last week, Cayden, who will be a Hooper Elementary School sixth-grader, demonstrated his cognitive abilities by analyzing his own recovery as his mom talked.
She told of a condition called perseverance, getting stuck on one thought, which had Cayden talking like a broken record. Hearing his "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you" was a painful memory.
"I quit saying the word hate," Cayden said, talking about how his thoughts changed when he first headed home just less than two weeks after the fall.
Doctors wanted him to stay another two weeks, but his parent lobbied to bring him home so he could be around his siblings.
"I wasn't stuck on one thought," Cayden said. "My mouth just was."
Cayden also demonstrated his ability to now think clearly by playing "America the Beautiful" on the piano and showing his skills on an electric drum set.
"I think it's just blessings," Cayden said of his recovery and his ability to come back.
He's still undergoing therapy, but said he can see himself making it back to the "dictionary" his mother described him as being before the accident.
Cayden had been accepted to start an accelerated learning program in the Weber School District this year, but he hadn't been sold on going. His mother now jokes that Cayden didn't have to fall off a silo to convince her he wanted to stay at Hooper Elementary.
But as intelligent as Cayden is, his struggles began with a moment he admits he should have been smart enough to avoid.
His advice to his peers: "Think about what you are doing and be cautious."
On that fateful Sunday evening, Cayden had enjoyed his cousins' company during a visit with a 98-year-old great-grandmother.
Ready to go home and headed for the car, Cayden's parents were rounding up their four boys.
But Cayden, older brother Parker and some cousins were distracted, chasing chickens and enjoying the other excitements of the Hooper farm.
Cayden decided to climb the ladder to the top of the farm's silo. Others followed, but only Cayden got to the slick, sloped top where there were no handholds.
Cayden was trying to make his way back down but slipped when trying to get on the ladder.
"The last thing I remember is hearing screams," Cayden said.
Amy watched him fall, "but I kind of blacked out before he landed," she said.
She and her husband, David, raced to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, leaving ahead of their son.
"We saw the helicopter take off," Amy said.
Finding the hospital was difficult in their emotional state.
"You just have no cognitive function, really," Amy said, "just no ability to function."
Once they got there, the news was grim.
"They are hesitant to tell you anything because every brain injury is so different," Amy said. "One doctor said, 'You are looking at a lifetime disability.' "
The hard facts plainly told of the likelihood of a bad outcome.
"When he arrived at the hospital, his Glasgow Coma Scale score was three," Amy said. "That's the lowest you can get. A nurse said she's seen dead people with a score of three."
The family was told Cayden had suffered a debilitating brain injury, a skull fracture, a collapsed lung and a broken vertebra. Cayden had also stopped breathing for a time in the helicopter.
Doctors ordered an MRI two days later, concerned that he was still in a coma. But the next day, he started responding to stimulus.
Two days after that, he was released to a unit in the hospital to begin therapy.
Leaving the hospital, the miracle Cayden had experienced was apparent.
"The nurse had tears in her eyes," Amy said. "She said she'd never seen anything like that. She said, 'The fact that you are going home with all your executive functions (ability to control your body) is just amazing to me.' "
Whatever happened to help Cayden heal, the family wants to express their appreciation for the prayers, support and love they've received.
"There were people all over the world praying for Cayden," Amy said.
Family in Florida and Alaska asked friends and neighbors to pray. Cousins on missions in Argentina and San Bernardino, Calif., and one who had just returned from Arkansas asked all of the missionaries in their areas to pray.
And Amy said Cayden became part of a Facebook bandwagon as friends asked friends to pray for the boy.
Many people also fasted for his recovery.
"There has been such an outpouring of love and concern from everybody," Amy said.
The mother said she's sure those prayers resulted in a divine intervention that allowed him to heal.
"There is no other explanation," she said. "We have amazing friends and family that cared and love him."