“I’m overcome when I think God has chosen my child to reach people,” Greg Ault said, referencing his 19-year-old son, Hunter, who was injured when a pickup truck he was riding in collided with a DeSoto Boulevard tree around 1:35 a.m. Aug. 1. Colton, Hunter’s identical twin was driving the vehicle and walked away without a scratch.
“We think a hammer came from the back of the truck, hitting him on the left side of his head. He was buckled up and secured by his seat belt,” Greg said. “We found a hammer resting on the console of the truck.”
Hunter was taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock then transferred to Baptist Health. He remained in a coma for 10 days and recently moved to a local rehabilitation center undergoing hours of physical therapy each day.
Hunter’s victories are incremental. Debbie Ault is Hunter and Colton’s mother; she’s the quiet parent most often listening as her husband and son carry most of the conversation, but she interjects her thoughts, “The smallest things are victories. I called Greg the other day and told him, ‘Your son just ate some ice chips.” Hearing Colton talk, it’s as if he’s speaking for both young men who obviously have the “twin” thing going in their favor.
“Twin telepathy would be great right now,” Colton says wistfully. “I think I understand him a bit more than everyone else because we think alike.” Colton points to his own head. “He’s still in there. Oh, yeah, he’s in there, he knows the color of my truck, he was able to point to it on a color wheel. His body just won’t respond.”
Debbie looks at Colton and smiles, “If we can say anything to the community, it’s thank you. Thank you for your prayers. It’s really been overwhelming the support we’ve received, community members and churches have given us Love Offerings and total strangers have reached out to us.”
Greg steels himself to share an experience, “One morning about 7:30 a.m. while Hunter was at Baptist there was a knock on the door. I got up to answer it and a man stood in the hallway. ‘Mr. Ault, you don’t know me but I flew in from out of town last night. I saw the story about your boys on the late news. I’ve cried all night. Years ago I was injured, like Hunter I had a traumatic head injury with three skull fractures. I just wanted to come by and tell you, your boy is going to be OK.’ He handed me a $100 bill and walked away.”
Colton is listening to his father and mother. He’s been silent for a long time. “Each day he improves and we call those moments, Hunter’s Miracles.” Colton adds quickly. If one person comes to Christ, because of Hunter and our family’s story, Hunter would tell you it’s worth it. He’s working for the Lord even though he can’t speak.”
The Aults have insurance which helps cover most of the medical cost associated with Hunter’ care. An account has been set up to help defray other expenses. Contributions may be made to US Bank of Hot Springs Village, 101 Cooper Circle, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909.