ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – She's 17, but Cheyanne Lewis is taking some of her first steps outside since August 4.
According to St Louis police, a man with a gun approached Cheyanne and her friends in their car in north St. Louis City. As he fired shots, they sped off but quickly crashed.
“When I was in the car, I was in and out of consciousness, losing a lot of blood,” Lewis said. “I didn't think I was going to make it.”
She'd been shot in the neck and was temporarily paralyzed. Days in the hospital turned to weeks. Her parents took time off work to be by her side.
“I worried about her every day, wondering if my daughter was going to make it,” her father, Raamond Lewis, said .
Miraculously, with physical therapy, she was walking with assistance within weeks.
“She couldn't even sit up, she couldn't hold herself up, but she was determined to kept trying,” her mother, Sabrina Lewis, said.
Doctors told Cheyanne they're amazed to see her walking again. Others with the same injury have not been as fortunate.
For now, her focus is to finish her senior year and go to college.
“I want to be a film director and photographer and go to Meramec Community College,” she said.
She lives with the bullet that almost killed her, still lodged in her neck and knowing the shooter who put it there is still on the streets.
“I would say to this person, ‘What makes you think that you can take someone's life or change someone's life?’” Sabrina Lewis said. “You don't know her name, her story, you know nothing about her, and to do this to someone, for nothing.”
Cheyanne is a little more forgiving.
“God doesn't like ugly people and I really wish the best for him,” she said.
There is a GoFundMe account set up for Cheyanne if you’d like to help out with mounting medical bills that insurance won’t cover.
Also, there will be a fundraiser for Cheyanne on Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m. It’ll take place at 3155 Alfred, St. Louis. Dinner plates and dessert will be served to raise money for her medical funds. Prices range from $2.50- $12.