A four-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head is making a ‘miracle’ recovery, according to his family.
Na’vaun Lamarii Price Jackson, four, of Oakland, California, accidentally shot himself in the head after finding a gun under a pillow at his mother’s estranged boyfriend’s home on March 27 at about 2pm.
Na’vaun was hospitalized in critical condition, put on life support and then put under a medically-induced coma. The bullet was said to have entered his forehead, between his eyes, leaving doctors to remove part of his skull and brain, according to Fox 11.
Doctors told relatives that it was likely that the boy would be brain dead or never be able to walk again.
Na’vaun Lamarii Price Jackson, four, found a gun under a pillow at his mother’s estranged boyfriend’s home and accidentally shot himself in the head with it on March 27 – he is pictured above before the shooting
The bullet entered Na’vaun’s forehead, between the eyes, requiring that part of his brain and skull be removed. Doctors believed that he would be either brain dead or never able to walk
But, Na’vaun’s family now says that his condition is improving and that he is making a ‘miracle’ recovery just two-and-a-half weeks after the incident.
The child’s grandfather, Ramon Price, said in a GoFundMe update that Na’vaun’s condition was upgraded to stable and that he is now out of the ICU and undergoing physical therapy.
Na’vaun ‘still has a long road ahead’, Price wrote, adding ‘Thank you all for your love and support please continue to pray.’
Price has also posted videos from the hospital on his Facebook page, showing his grandson in improved conditions, including one clip in which the boy repeatedly smiles while being tickled and holds out a toy, despite having both arms held straight in foam casts.
Just two-and-a-half weeks after the incident, Na’vaun is said to be making a recovery. He is now able to smile, sit up in his wheelchair, hold onto things and kick at them
Na’vaun has not been able to speak yet, but his relatives remain hopeful about his condition
Na’vaun’s mother, Brijjanna Price (shown), said that although she knew there was a gun in the home at the time, she did not know where it was kept
Price told ABC7 News that the boy is able to move his foot and kick at pillows, use his hands to reach for things and hold them and move his head and follow people with his eyes.
Na’vaun is also said to be able to sit up in a wheelchair, but he has not yet been able to speak.
‘Every day he’s doing something different so my son’s going to be back soon,’ Na’vaun’s mother, Brijjanna Price, told ABC7 News. ‘He may not be back to the way he was, but he’ll be back.’
Na’vaun’s grandfather, Ramon Price, has been posting updates on his grandson’s condition on Facebook
She added that although she know’s her son’s life will never be exactly the same as it was prior to the shooting, ‘I want him to just live his life, grow up, be something, be what he wants to be.’
Court documents obtained by Fox 11 showed that Brijjanna’s estranged boyfriend, Terrence L. Wilson, was charged with one count each of child abuse, possession of a firearm by a felon and first-degree criminal firearm storage following Na’vaun’s accidental shooting.
Wilson reportedly told police that he slept with the gun under his pillow and had forgotten to lock it up, while Brijjanna said that she knew there was a gun in the house, but that she didn’t know where it was kept.
Brijjanna told ABC7 News that if she had known that the gun was kept under the pillow, ‘my son wouldn’t have been in that house.’
Na’vaun’s father, Nathan Jackson, is in state prison and has only been able to see his son via Skype. The child’s relatives are said to be in the process of petitioning Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to release Jackson so that he can visit Na’vaun — who he has not yet met in person — in the hospital.
The family started a GoFundMe to pay Na’vaun’s hospital bills and also to cover living expenses while Brijjanna is unable to work while she remains by her son’s side at the hospital. It has so far raised more than $2,000.