EXCLUSIVE:Mother Says 11-Year-Old Son Is Recovering After Being Shot by a 13-year-old
From Montgomery -- The 11-year-old boy who authorities say was robbed and shot by a 13-year-old earlier this year is now home from the hospital.
For the first time, his mother is speaking exclusively to Alabama News Network about what her son and family have faced, and reliving that Sunday afternoon that changed her family's lives forever.
"I couldn't believe it. I started screaming and shaking and crying," says Ora Ware.
Ware will never forget the phone call she received that Sunday in February. It was her nephew on the line telling her that her son Xavier had been shot.
"It was just the thought of a bullet going through an 11-year-old child," she says.
Deputies say the suspect is a 13-year-old boy who fled the scene seconds after the gun was fired. Xavier was airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham. Ware wasn't allowed to see her son until the first surgery was finished.
"That was hard waiting on him," she says. "That was hard waiting to see what the doctors would come out and say. That was painful."
Xavier spent close to two weeks in the hospital. Much of it in an intensive care unit hooked up to a breathing machine. He had his bladder repaired and parts of his small intestine were removed.
Family and friends visited, and even University of Alabama football players dropped by to see how he was doing.
"It's just I would rather it to be me than him," she says.
Xavier is home and will be able to go back to school next week, but the family will continue to face challenges.
Ware, the single mother of 3, doesn't have insurance, so she says she will have to find a way to pay for Xavier's medical bills.
"Just pray that it gets better than it is now," she says.
As for the 13-year-old, who Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham says shot Xavier, he's in a youth facility.
"He is charged with robbery, assault and burglary, so he will be there until he is given a day in court," says Cunningham.
As of now, doctors do not want Xavier doing any physical activity, which Ware says is hard for a 11-year-old boy.
In April they will head back to the doctors. That's when they will find out if Xavier will face long term complications.
Deputies were never able to find the weapon used, and still do not know where the teenage suspect may have gotten it.