Indianapolis teen shot at house party makes major advancements in recovery

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By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 21, 2014) -- A teen who almost died after he was shot at a house party earlier this year is making major strides toward recovery.

DeAndre Knox was at a party in the 3400 block of Aylesford Lane back on Feb. 1, when gunshots came though the walls and struck him in the head. Police are still looking for the person who pulled the trigger.

Today, Knox is able to sit up in a wheelchair and is back at school even after everything he's gone through. He not only survived being shot in the head, but he also lived through nine strokes and surgeries to remove part of his skull and to have it reattached. His mother calls him a miracle.

"He's trying his best to talk, but he's not talking yet. He's mouthing words," said DeAndra Yates.

Movement in his body is slowly coming back, but the things that we do by ourselves are still next to impossible for DeAndre to do without help. Because he can't talk, it makes communicating difficult.

"He does thumbs up sometimes, he's doing really well with the head nods," Yates said. "When he's in pain he can whine or yell out and let us know if he's hurting."

His mother is just fine with that, considering she almost lost him.

"They told me he would live maybe three days, and when he lived to the third day she said, 'Give it to day five' and on day five, they told me I should pull the plug and make him comfortable," Yates said.

DeAndre defied all odds and woke up two hours later.

"Dre's a miracle for sure," she said.

The fight to recover is far from over. Ms. Yates said her son may have to go to an out-of-state medical center that specializes in traumatic brain injuries. She may only see him a few days a week for up to six months. Ms. Yates described it as him going away to college.

There's still the question of who did this.

"I just think parents need to put themselves in our shoes and the sacrifice and the way that our life has changed has been great. And if you know something, say something," Yates pleaded.

You can call in your tips to IMPD or stay anonymous and go through Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).