A 3-year-old Darnal Mundy II, grabbed a gun in his home and accidentally shot himself in the head. At first his parents thought he wouldn’t survive, however, after weeks of intensive therapy, Darnal is now talking, walking and slowly regaining control of the right side of his body.
According to this CNN report, Dorphise Jean, Darnal’s mother revealed that: “One nurse said she’s worked at the hospital for 18 years and has hardly seen children ever survive a gunshot wound to the head.”
Jean still vividly remembers the horror of August 4, 2015. She was startled out of sleep by the sound of a gunshot inside her bedroom.
He said: “What I heard was a bang and I didn’t feel him under me. So I already automatically know it was him.”
Somehow Darnal had gotten out of his parents’ bed, climbed a chair in front of his dad’s dresser, opened the top drawer, grabbed a gun and shot himself in the face.
When she found him, his mother grabbed her cell phone and keys and drove as fast as she could to Holtz Children’s Hospital while Darnal’s father held the boy.
Doctors surgically removed the left side of Darnal’s skull to allow for swelling and to protect the part of the brain that was untouched by the bullet.
The doctors warned her things would get worse before they got better. And they did. Darnal spent three weeks in a coma, and when he woke up, he was barely responsive.
This week, after more than three months after the shooting, Darnal is going home. Jean said they still keep a gun in the house for personal protection, but they’re making sure it is locked up in a safe, out of Darnal’s reach.
Darnal will be celebrating his 4th birthday on Saturday and the doctors who are helping Darnal heal have high hopes for his future.