Bradenton, Florida - An unlikely hero is coming to the aid of a child who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting. A Bradenton family is thanking Tampa Bay Gun Runners - a group of shooting enthusiasts - for fundraising for a service dog.
10 News spoke with the little boy and his mother as they left an outpatient rehabilitation center in St. Petersburg. It was a challenging day, but one they are both grateful to have had.
"I heard the glass break - rolled him off - saw bleeding and applied pressure," Diana Lopez recalls. Back in July of 2013, her 5-year-old son Davien Martinez had been shot in the head in his own home, caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting.
Lopez wasn't sure if her son would live. He describes what happened, "It went all the way down and lodged in my jaw."
"Before they took him in the ambulance, he said 'I love you.' That gave me reassurance," Lopez says, adding her son was going in and out of consciousness.
"They cut me with a sharp knife and took it out," said Davien. Now he is out of the hospital and recovering. His family set up a GoFundMe website, to raise money for a service dog.
Davien's mom this a service dog can be of great help. She says he suffers from anxiety, PTSD, mood disorder, and impulse disorder.
Lopez is thankful she's not dealing with all of this alone. She says from support from strangers - including the Tampa Bay Gun Runners - has been tremendous.
"They have over 3,000 members, they've been super supportive... five dollars to $100 [in donations], it's unbelievable."
The family is hoping to get the money raised and then get the service dog ASAP. It costs about $11,000, and about $3,000 has been raised so far. If you want to help, go here: http://www.gofundme.com/davienservicedog
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