LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A 4-year-old boy from Louisville is fighting for his life after being shot in the back of the neck by his father. Now his mom is talking about that day and how her son is doing.
Arielle Amaya’s son Elan was shot dead by her then-boyfriend, who is also Elan’s father, in a house on Big Wood Way in Hillview on December 23.
Amaya tells WDRB News that the shooting happened when an argument with her boyfriend escalated. Amaya was attacked and beaten so badly that she passed out. The man then shot and committed suicide.
“I thought Elan wasn’t going to do it,” Amaya said. “I actually thought he was dead right there. I was holding him when it happened.”
For over a week, Elan has been fighting for her life in the hospital. His family prayed for him and he was even baptized while he was in his hospital bed.
On Saturday there was a silver lining. The ventilator was removed and Elan began to breathe on his own.
Amaya often reads to Elan and says the outpouring of support from the community and those across the country has been amazing.
She hopes people realize that her family has been affected and asks for notes or handwritten cards so that she can read to him while he recovers.
“Drawings if they have kids too, and I think when he starts to wake up he would really, really appreciate it,” Amaya said.
She said her little boy loves fishing and hiking and loves school. The next step for Elan is therapy, but it will be some time before doctors know the extent of his injury.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay Elan’s medical bills.
Amaya says it’s all up to him as to how quickly he recovers, adding that he gets stronger every day and that there is progress – even if it’s just a little.
“He’s successful and doing amazing things… more than we expected,” Amaya said.
The Hillview Police Department will collect maps and notes for Elan and deliver them to the hospital. Cards can be mailed to: Hillview Police Department, 283 Crestwood Road, Louisville, Ky. 40229.
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