Second chance for La Mercy shooting victim (9)

The child is making a remarkable recovery. Photo: stock image

The nine-year-old boy who was shot during a house robbery in La Mercy on Saturday is recovering well after an emergency operation and despite the trauma, is in good spirits.

The boy’s uncle, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, said the bullet had caused damage to the child’s abdomen and intestines. He said the bullet was not removed during the surgery, as the procedure would have been too dangerous, but that the damage it had caused had been largely resolved.

“He is responsive and in good spirits. He even woke up from bed on Monday and sat on the couch.

“We are happy that he is still bubbly and we are proud that he is such a brave and strong child. I spoke to doctors on Monday and we hope to take him home next week.”

It was initially thought that the child had only been grazed by the bullet and he was taken to hospital by his parents, however, an x-ray revealed that a bullet had entered his abdomen and lodged near his back.

Also read: Child survives La Mercy shooting

The incident took place when five armed robbers driving a Golf 5 approached the home in Eden Rose Walk, La Mercy under the pretext of wanting to inquire about the school that is run from the property during the week.

The two adults and three children who were home at the time locked themselves in a room and screamed for help. The robbers then took off after helping themselves to laptops and other valuables but as they were driving away, they opened fire on the house.

The nine-year-old boy had been standing on the balcony when he was hit.

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Erica Abrahams

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