Mother of Hospitalized Victim Talks About Son’s Injuries, Recovery

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The mother of the lone victim remaining in the hospital from Monday’s shooting at Chardon High School provided some insight to her son’s condition at a press conference on Thursday.

Holly Walczak, the mother of Nick Walczak, says that he is slowly regaining feeling in his legs after being shot four times, including twice in the neck, once in the back and once in the upper portion of his arm. Nick remains at Hillcrest Hospital.

When asked if it was expected that Nick would make a full recovery from the injuries he sustained, Holly responded, “It’s going to be a really slow process they said. He is going to undergo spine therapy.”

She later added, “[The doctors] are cautiously optimistic.”

Holly said that doctors have not removed one of the bullets with which Nick was struck.

“He actually still has a bullet in his cheek,” said Walczak.

She says that her son’s memory of what took place that day is somewhat sketchy at this point.

“He wasn’t clear about it. [The memories] are all real fussy for him right now. I think that things are just starting to come back,” said Walczak. “He is seeing a psychiatrist through the hospital, so this will help his memory.”

As for Holly, she says she is feeling a tremendous amount of emotional pain for the families that lost their children to a senseless act of violence.

“It’s guilt for me because their son was lost and my son was saved. I think that’s the hardest part for me,” said Walczak. “I feel for them every minute every hour.”

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