A Nashville boy who lost his foot after a train accident earlier this month has been released from the hospital.
Kevon Mayberry was struck about 8 p.m. May 5 while walking down the train tracks near 21st Avenue North.
Doctors had to amputate his foot, and three weeks later, the boy's family says he's making good progress, although high medical bills could hamper his recovery.
"He's not a sit-still person. I know he likes to be on the move," said mother Shameka Mayberry.
For the first day of the long summer break, Kevon thought he would be on the field playing football with his friends, but instead he will spend the summer learning how to walk all over again.
Kevon and his friend were on their way to his grandmother's house when they heard the train approaching. When they tried to run to the other side, it was already too late.
The last thing Kevon remembers is his foot getting stuck.
"He pulled me from under the train, like, my foot from under the train," Kevon said. "Some girls were talking to me and then the ambulance came."
Medics rushed him to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where doctors amputated his foot.
Now, the soon-to-be sixth-grader is getting around remarkably well with the help of his mother and his crutches.
But more than walking, Kevon wants to run again and still has dreams of playing football in the NFL.
And for that, he'll need a new foot, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars.
"We have insurance. I don't know if it's going to cover the prosthesis he needs, but he's gonna need one every one to two years. He's nothing but 11. He's got all the way to 18 years," Shameka Mayberry said.
Kevon's aunt, Mildred Dobbins-Howse, has started a fund to help him achieve his goals.
"My fears are that he will get discouraged and give up on dreams he set for himself: a dream of going to college, a dream of playing football. I just don't want him to give up on those things," Dobbins-Howse said.
They are dreams that, for now, the family will take one day and one step at a time.
Also, because of all the stairs at their apartment, Kevon's mother is also trying to find a new home. If you would like to help the family, visit any local Fifth Third Bank branch and make a donation to the Kevon Mayberry Benefit Fund.
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