Jaydan and his mother Monique Nichols.

The recovery of nine-year-old Jaydan Stancil is remarkable.

“I feel all right,” he told the AFRO. Jaydan was shot and saved by three policemen with only minutes to live. He was released from the hospital on Dec. 30.

“He is truly a miracle,” said his mother, Monique Nichols.

The front of his head shows a small indication of where he was shot, a slight jut that’s hardly noticeable.  From one side of his face to the other there is a scar that follows the front of his hairline. Also inside the back of his head remains the stray bullet that almost took his life.

Jaydan was recently released from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Northwest, where he stayed for two months. Nichols is thankful the youngest of her four children is alive. Jaydan was also hospitalized at Children’s National Medical Center in Northwest.

“Throughout this whole process in which Jaydan has progressed, he took it upon himself to do something amazing,” Nichols said.

“Amazing” is a word that truly describes Jaydan, especially when doctors told Nichols he only had 30 to 45 minutes to live.

On Oct. 3, Jaydan was caught in a shooting that occurred at the Mayfair Mansion Apartments in the 3700 block of Hayes Street NE around 9 p.m. He was outside with his brother playing. His mother was at work. There was an exchange of gunfire in the parking lot of the complex. Two men were also shot but their injuries were not life threatening. No arrests have been made at this time.

“Initially when he was shot the policemen took him to Prince George’s Hospital,” Nichols said. “But they told me there was nothing they could do despite them being a trauma center.”

Even though Jaydan’s condition was critical, she recalled a moment when the hospital’s clergy took the boy’s hand. Just as suddenly, Jaydan pulled his hand away. Nichols said it was a sign that he was saying “Don’t count me out, I’m still alive.”

Jaydan endured several surgeries and blood transfusions due to bullet fragments in his head. He now has a brain shunt or a narrow piece of tubing in his head. It will remain there for the rest of his life.

Nichols said the bullet, which entered through Jaydan’s right eye and settled to the back of his head, had made his left side immobile for some time. “Most of his motor skills have returned and his left leg was paralyzed,” she said. Jaydan now wears a brace on that leg.

In her inaugural address Jan. 2, Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “We’re going to work together so that the violence that has shaken so many of our communities comes to an end. Little Jayden should not be scared to go home, dear Relisha should be doing the things that little girls do, and no man or woman should live with violence in their home.” She, along with Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander and the three policemen who saved Jaydan’s life attended a prayer vigil for the boy in October.

A fundraiser is set up for Jaydan to cover medical expenses. To contribute, go to www.gofund.com and search “Pray for Jaydan.”