Shooting Victim Graduates and Is Reunited With the Man Who Saved Her - NECN

Shooting Victim Graduates and Is Reunited With the Man Who Saved Her



    Surprise Reunion for Girl Shot and Paralyzed at 3

    Fifteen years ago, a Boston EMS worker carried a 3-year-old girl down the stairs of her Dorchester home after she was shot by a stray bullet, paralyzing her. The two reunited Thursday when Kai Leigh Harriott, now 18, graduated from Newton Country Day School.

    (Published Thursday, June 7, 2018)

    Eighteen-year-old Kai Leigh Harriott crossing the stage at Thursday's Newton Country Day School graduation evoked many emotions.

    "I’m just happy for her," said Tonya David, Kai’s mother. "Kai worked hard for it. She did it. She did it."

    Fifteen years ago, at just 3-years-old, Kai was sitting on her front porch in Dorchester when she was struck by a stray bullet. She was paralyzed from the chest down.

    "We have to take one day at a time," said David. "We can’t focus on the past. We can’t worry about tomorrow. We got here today."

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    A 53-second shootout was caught on cameras and dashcams between a Washington County sheriff and 29-year-old Luis Cobos-Cenobio on Nov. 11, according to authorities.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018)

    And as Kai got her diploma, she also received something else. A surprise visit from the man who carried her to safety that night 15 years ago. Boston EMT Joseph O’Hare and Kai were reunited for the first time.

    "It’s emotional," said O’Hare. "She’s an incredible young woman."

    O’Hare hadn’t seen Kai since the day of the shooting, but knew Thursday was the day he had to see her again.

    "I just introduced myself and told her how wonderful she’s been and what a great job she’s done," said O’Hare.

    "I’m grateful to him and I’m thankful to God that I have this moment in time to meet him," said David.

    Kai will attend the University of Arizona in the fall.

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