On November 15, 2011, Kevin Neary was shot in the upper shoulder area as he was walking to his apartment in Northern Liberties. As a result, Kevin is paralyzed below the neck. This website is a place where we’ll post updates on Kevin’s situation and enlist your help for the long road ahead.
The night of Monday, November 14th, Kevin had gone to the Penn basketball game, then met up with a friend in his neighborhood (Northern Liberties). After walking his friend home, Kevin was followed for several blocks by Christopher Easton, then age 20. When Kevin was just steps away from the entrance to his building, Easton shot Kevin in an attempted robbery. Kevin was conscious when the police arrived, but lost consciousness on the way to the hospital. The Philadelphia Police were able to identify a suspect and were able to locate him fairly quickly with the help of the news media and the many people who helped find him. We were immensely grateful when we found out that he was off the streets so that we could focus on getting Kevin the best care possible.
Soon after Kevin arrived at the hospital, it became clear to the doctors that there was significant damage to his spinal column. The bullet ripped through his spinal cord at the C5 level, leaving Kevin largely paralyzed below the neck. Although the injury was initially thought to be at the C5 level, the percussive effects of the bullet injured Kevin’s spinal cord up to the C1 level, which means that Kevin needs assistance breathing from a ventilator or his pacer device.
At first, the situation was hard for those of us who know him to accept. Kevin is the most outgoing, warm, energetic person you’ll ever meet. It’s hard to think that so much of his life has been taken away from him. But as time goes by, it’s becoming apparent what a blessing it is that he’s with us. And his spirit has been incredibly positive throughout his recovery. He’s an amazing testament to the human spirit and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude.
We want to thank everyone for your love, support, and offers to help. It’s really great to know that Kevin has so many people that want to help and will support him as he gets better.
One of the amazing things about Kevin is that he finds a way to make everything work. With all of your help, we’re doing what we can to help him make it work.
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