An accidental gunshot wound: Landon’s story

Landon loves sports. When you watch him play you would never know he needs physical and cognitive therapy several times a week.


In the fall of 2009, Landon suffered an accidental gunshot wound to his face. The bullet entered through his cheek, below his ear and lodged in the back of his skull. He was taken to the Sparrow Hospital Pediatric ER and placed in a medically induced coma. The next day he underwent brain surgery to reduce swelling and remove a portion of his skull. Another brain surgery would follow. Doctors informed Landon’s family that he might not ever walk, hear or see again.

“Landon has remained very positive through this entire experience,” one caregiver said. “[He] is a pleasure to be around…even when he is tired and has been through a long day of therapy.”

Today, 12-year-old Landon endures hours of therapy so he can remain active in sports, especially skateboarding and hockey. ?


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