Employer starts fundraiser for Waltham teen in medically-induced coma after being hit by truck

"Our life turned upside down."

A Waltham teen had to be put into a medically-induced coma after being hit by a truck over the weekend.

Boston 25 News reported that 18-year-old Matheus De Oliveira was headed home on his father’s moped after running an errand when the truck hit him.

He was critically injured and taken to Lahey Hospital in Burlington. As of Tuesday, he was still in critical condition.

Matheus’s father told Boston 25 News his son is a good student who works two jobs. He’s a junior at Waltham High School and plans to go into the army after graduation.

“Our life turned upside down,” Alberto De Oliveira told Boston 25 News. “Matheus is 18 years old. He’s my right hand.”

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Alberto told the station Matheus underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain and is breathing with the help of a ventilator.

He said despite the coma, Matheus can hold onto his finger and shake it when he asks.

A GoFundMe campaign started by the man who employs Matheus’s family at Waltham Embroidery and Screen Printing has already raised more than $20,000 for his medical costs.

“I’m very grateful for this community,” Alberto told Boston 25 News. “This is the best place to live because the sense of the community — it’s the next level.”

Waltham Police Department is investigating the incident, but as of Wednesday afternoon had not announced whether anyone had been charged.

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