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A young Henderson man who fought for his life after being shot in the head is a year and a half into what many would consider a miraculous recovery. Colton Wallace has been going through rehab for more than a year after doctors told his family the September 2011 shooting would essentially leave him as a vegetable.

Colton's mom, Tammy Wallace, reflected on those first days and that awful news.

"I just immediately started praying for strength, You know?" Tammy said. "I didn't know what to expect."

A year and a half later Colton has won the fight for his life.

"When I woke up in the hospital I was freaked out," Colton said.

He's had to re-learn how to walk and figure out how to talk.

"It's very difficult to learn how to talk because my right ear is deaf," Colton said. "So it's very difficult to hear and understand."

Tammy said that miracle has been tarnished by a Rusk County jury which found 29-year-old Christopher Prejean not guilty of aggravated assault after he was accused of shooting Colton.

Prejean was a friend of a friend who claimed the gun went off during a party by accident.

"Before I ever went into that courtroom," Tammy said. "And actually months before that happened, I had to forgive him, so that I can be where I am today."

"I would not forgive him," Colton Wallace said. "I wouldn't do it at all."

With every passing day Colton is getting stronger.

"He's really progressed very well," Amy Hedgecock, and occupational therapist with Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation and HealthSouth, said. "More than I would have expected."

Colton's goal for the future is to "be normal again."

"[I want to] go to college and for UTI," Colton said. "I want to be an automotive technician."

"You just never give up as a mom," Tammy said. "I never gave up on Colton and I never stopped fighting for him."

The people at Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation in Tyler said the thing that made the difference in Colton's recovery was the support he got from his family.

Colton is about to get cochlear implants, which will allow him to hear like he used to.

Colton's family is in the process of filing a civil case against Prejean.

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