MINNEAPOLIS -- Just six weeks after being shot in the head, a Washburn High School football star hopes he'll someday return to the field. "We think he's going to be better, better than what he was," said Jacquline Wade, mother of Montrell Wade.
On Feb. 20, Montrell was shot in the head -- his family says accidentally -- while he was with friends in a Minneapolis home. Minneapolis police say the case is still open, and they're actively investigating.
On Tuesday, the Wade family held a press conference about Montrell's battle so far and hopes for the future.
"It's a miracle. God gets the glory. Before we didn't know if he was going to make it. But he's doing perfect and we're moving on," Jacquline said.
Since the February shooting, Montrell has had half of his skull removed to accommodate his swelling brain. Bullet fragments and bits of bone also remain lodged in his brain. But doctors say he's a remarkable case of survival.
"For us to see a young man who's able to speak, understand, who seems to have his spirit back -- that's an amazing thing," said Dr. Andrew Kiragu with HCMC's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Two weeks ago, Montrell woke up out of his drug-induced coma to greet his family. Since then, his days have been filled with rehabilitation. On Wednesday, he'll undergo another surgery to have his skull replaced.
Meantime, the star Washburn High School runningback hopes to someday return to the football field. At this point, Montrell can only give one word answers -- due to a tracheotomy tube in his neck.
But he does communicate with a simple gesture. And when it comes to making a full recovery, he quickly gives a "thumbs up."
If you'd like to help the Wade family, you can make a donation at any City Federal Credit Union, under Montrell's name. You can also send donations to: P.O. Box 480944, Minneapolis, MN, 55458.
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