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Nov 5, 2014

Shooting victim, De’Zhaun Humes, recovers

Back on March fourteenth 2014, nineteen year old Jane Usher Boulevard resident, De’Zhaun Humes was gravely injured after he was shot five times to the body by an unknown gunman as he headed to his girlfriend’s house. Humes was hit to the back and left paralyzed from the neck down. The family was even more traumatized by the shooting because only three years ago, Humes’ sibling, eight year old E’yannie Nunez was killed by gun violence. All hopes for Humes to walk again appeared slim, but after seven months and several setbacks, Humes with the assistance of the Therapeutic Staff of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, has regained some of his motor skills. The media caught up with him today during therapy with Senior Physiotherapist, Thayne Holder.


Thayne Holder, Senior Physiotherapist, K.H.M.H.

Thayne Holder

“When De’Zhaun first came in, in March, he couldn’t move anything. He had a limited motion in his risk and a little bit of motion in his elbows. But as you can see from the therapy that he is doing, he has a lot more mobility. So we’ve been working a lot on strengthening his upper body and regaining his stomach stability. Because his legs aren’t working very well, he will rely a lot on his core and his upper body to function. So that’s what we are working on. But De’Zhuan has had several things happen that has set him back; he had a huge secal ulcer that required a flap procedure. So that set him back a few weeks and then he had to go home.”


De’Zhaun Humes

De’Zhaun Humes, Shooting Victim

“I received five gunshot—two in my left leg, two in my hip that broke my hip, one in the left side of the back that lodge in the left side of the neck. Also I received one gunshot in the right arm and basically that is how the lower extremities have been slowly progressing in order for me to stand up and walk. Also the upper extremities is also weak in certain areas in recovering the full length of muscles and strength. However, I’m still strong enough to go on every day. It’s been an everyday struggle just trying to get better and getting on my feet. Special thanks to my mother and loved ones and family support, who come around with their words of encouragement and just basically try to enhance my wellbeing at this time. Shout out to the people at the therapy as well; if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be in this position trying to recover.”


Thayne Holder

“He is definitely a miracle because he has a bullet which is actually impinging on his spine; this is why he is trying to raise funds to go to the states to have the surgery to remove the bullet. So it is a miracle for him to be in the position to where he is right now, for him to move his arms. The bullet is actually lodged in his cervical spine and the fact that he is moving his legs and his trunk the way he is, it’s a miracle. I am hoping that after he has this surgery in the states, that he will be able to stand or progress and even maybe walk someday.”

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