In December, 14-year-old Ethan Younger, of Phoenix, Arizona, was at a sleepover at a friend's house. One of the boys was playing with a loaded shotgun and unintentionally shot Ethan in the leg. The blast obliterated his femoral artery, causing severe bleeding.
Ethan was rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he began a long, difficult journey to recovery. "It was a nightmare, you just feel helpless," said Ethan's mother Kristine. Ethan's recovery is chronicled in a blog, EthanYounger.blogspot.com. He has undergone fourteen surgeries in the past five months. According to a recent blog entry:
We recently learned that Ethan is going to need an artery replacement within 10 years....He will also need artery replacements about every 10 years which was kind of hard news. We knew he would need a vascular surgeon all his life, but we were not expecting major tune ups every ten years.Ethan is also doing volunteer fundraising for Phoenix Children's Hospital, as a way of giving back to the hospital that saved his life.