Today @chieframsay had the great opportunity to take part in recognizing Andre Arambula as Kids Wish Network’s 2018 Hero of the Year. Andre suffered a gunshot last year in a road rage incident. He has shown bravery and resilience in his road to recovery!! pic.twitter.com/alAg0uUMNL
— Wichita Police (@WichitaPolice) May 7, 2019
Police said Andres was among six children inside a sports utility vehicle that was shot at twice by 19-year-old Tylin Atkinson in downtown Wichita on October 17. Investigators determined that the shooting stemmed from a road rage incident.
Atkinson and Ramonyka Smith, 21, have been charged with criminal discharge of a firearm in the shooting. Atkinson also faces an aggravated assault charge. They both remain in Sedgwick County Jail.
Andres, who was 4 at the time, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and had to undergo surgery to remove the bullet and repair his diaphragm and organs. He also went through pain management and physical therapy to help him walk again.
“Andres is not just a hero, but (also) a miracle, because he survived this and dealt with this pain,” said his mother, Lucero Arambula.
The Kids Wish Network gave Andres gifts and a $5,000 check. The organization also donated a pallet of toys worth $20,000 in his name to the Kansas Children’s Foundation.