5-year-old shooting victim makes amazing recovery

He was shot in the head less than two months ago. Now, an Elkhart 5-year-old is out of the hospital and back home.

Police say Damaris McGhee was shot in the head by his uncle on August 21 in the 500 block of Chapman Avenue. They believe the shooting was an accident, but arrested the uncle, Bryan Grant, and charged him with the crime.

Many didn’t expect the young boy to survive. But it only took five weeks for him to become a walking, talking miracle.

Playing in his front yard, Damaris seems like any other five-year-old. He’s happy and energetic.  It’s hard to imagine less than seven weeks ago, Damaris was shot in the head and put into a drug-induced coma for two-and-a-half weeks.

“Truly is a miracle, it’s a blessing there’s no explanation for it except for god,” said Damaris’ mother, Tracy Grant.

The bullet entered next to Damaris’ left eye and come out through the top of his head. He was flown to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. His prognosis was dim, but Damaris made strides every minute.

“He was on life support for two-and-half weeks and they had him in a medicine-induced coma,” Grant said, “They woke him up and said it would be 24 to 72 hours before he woke up. He actually woke up in 24 minutes.”

Within days he was up and moving and transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for therapy.

“Within three or four days he was walking, talking, using the bathroom, doing normal things, everyday tasks,” Grant said.

Not only is he walking and talking, he’s also back in school attending kindergarten at Beardsley Elementary.

“He goes half days at school, but still it’s amazing, it’s only been five weeks that he’s come through all of this,” Grant said.

When asked what the future holds for her son, Grant had this to say:

“Everything. He’s going to be something. Anything that occurs, it’s going to be something. He’s going to be great. It’s an honor to be his mother.”

Damaris is still going through therapy. His mother says his learning abilities and his behavior have changed, but doctors tell her he will also overcome those obstacles.

The family is holding a party to say thank you to all of the people who have supported them during this time.   

They will be providing food and drinks at McNaughton Park starting at 2 Saturday afternoon.

Damaris’ uncle, Bryan Grant, is facing two felony charges in connection with the shooting. He is being charged with Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Recklessness with a Handgun.  His next court date is scheduled for December 12. The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office says Bryan Grant is still in jail.



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