SEATTLE, Wa. -- Friends and family of a teen paralyzed in a freak hunting accident are asking the community for help.
On October 18, Kevin Wayne Jr., 17, and a group of friends were hunting elk near Greenwater when they shot one.
They tied a rope around the animal to one of their trucks.
“They were pulling the animal up the hill. It [the rope] snapped back and hit him [Wayne Jr.] in the back of the neck,” said Aurea Gonzales, his mom.
Wayne Jr. was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. He’s unable to talk and feel anything from the chest down. Doctors fear he may never walk again.
“I still can’t wrap my head around it. There’s nothing you can do for your child and that’s the hardest part,” said his mom.
Since the accident, Kevin’s parents haven’t left his bedside in the ICU. Immediate bills are amounting and only expected to get worse. It may be months before Kevin is able to leave the hospital.
“Both have jobs that really don’t have any benefits. Both have had to leave their jobs. You can imagine a 17-year-old boy wants his parents there 24/7,” said Teresa Gonzales, Aurea’s aunt.
While Wayne Jr. has neck surgery on Tuesday, his family is already seeing positive signs like being able to roll his arm.
“This is going to be a very long road not going to be an easy road,” said Teresa Gonzales, Aurea’s aunt.
To help offset costs, an online fund has been set up. People can make a donation by going to the family's gofundme.com website.