When he learned the girl had survived, Liv invited him to visit the Intensive Care Unit for the first time on July 12.
“We’re just beyond blessed to have her still with us, and she’s been an inspiration for a ton of people,” Overton said. “When I visited the ICU, that unit that she was in was the sickest kids in Indiana. When I first visited, the nurses said, ‘We hardly see miracles like this happen.’ And she really has been a miracle.”
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Overton continued visiting Mia every chance he got. They played a game they made up involving a beach ball. And they jammed to Bieber in the room.
Keri said the interaction was good for Mia. It made the girl forget she was in the hospital, forget she was fighting for her life, and simply look forward to the next visit.
“He’s great with her,” Keri Benge said Thursday, watching Overton again dote on her daughter. “It’s fun to watch. The way he interacts with her and stuff ... I don’t know what else to say. He’s a pretty one-of-a-kind guy.”
McAfee was with Overton the day Mia was moved out of the ICU. The two Colts brought “a ton” of ice cream to share with patients in other areas of the hospital. Before they left, Overton told McAfee, “There’s a girl we have to visit.”
When McAfee saw the way the Benge family — including Mia’s grandmother and
cousins — reacted to Overton’s arrival, he was filled with pride. In the punter’s eyes, Overton had become just another member of the family.
While she watched her daughter converse with Overton on Thursday, Keri Benge would have concurred. She emphatically stated the pair’s relationship is far from over.
Mia will start high school on Monday at Speedway, and Overton is likely to visit again as soon as he can.
“I think this Mia thing is going to change him forever, as it should,” McAfee said. “Mia’s going to do more for Matt than Matt has ever done for Mia.”