It has been one year since a Tri-State teenager was left paralyzed by a gun shot in the neck.
He was wounded by a friend who was playing with a gun. In an instant, the life of Jamie Harrison was changed forever.
The sounds of a breathing machine that pumps air in and out of the lungs of 16-year-old Jamie Harrison is a constant presence that will be with him for the rest of his life.
For six months Harrison was in the hospital recovering from his wounds. FOX19 News paid a visit when he was finally released and allowed to go home. Now Harrison is in a customized wheelchair which allows him mobility through breathing commands that he blows controlling the chair.
"I appreciated everything I got and have in my life but at first I didn't really care because I didn't think it could happen to me," said Harrison of the shooting.
Doctors initially said that Harrison might never leave the hospital. He is now able to move his head and shoulders, something he'll never take for granted again.
Harrison is now getting around fine with his motorized chair. His family is working on getting a handicap accessible van so that he can go places with them.