Hit and run victim learns to walk and talk again

Published: May. 18, 2012 at 3:37 AM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2012 at 3:53 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A nine-year-old boy almost died in a hit and run accident on Midlothian Turnpike.

Since it happened, last October, little Desi Arnaz Thompson has had to relearn how to walk and talk — even how to eat again. The driver has still not been caught.

Witnesses that October night described the car as a burgundy Plymouth sedan with tinted windows.

Weeks went by and no one came forward.

Little Desi fell into a coma. When he awoke weeks later, it was clear he had brain damage.

"He was almost like completely dead…they didn't expect for him to live," said Desi's mother, Shinika Brown.

Learning how to walk again was a huge challenge.

"He's very much so different... he's not the same child. As far as his speech and his learning disability, they took that away from my baby…he went from an honor roll student to special ed," said Brown.

Desi spent the last seven months in and out of the hospital — with mom right by his side the whole time.

Sadly, this is not the first injustice for this family. Shinika lost Desi's father in a shooting three years ago.

His killer was never found. Desi remembers the man he was named after — his father, Desi Arnaz Thompson.

"It was pure hell, but I thank god he's moving and functioning and still got a sound mind," said Joyce Thompson, Desi's grandmother.

If you remember anything from that night that can help police call crime stoppers at 780-1000.

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