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Boy Who Fell From Window Starts School

Boy underwent hours of brain surgery after 2011 fall

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    For Tristan Russell, the first day of kindergarten is extra special since he fell from a third floor window and underwent lots of therapy. (Published Monday, Aug 27, 2012)

    The first day of school for a Duncanville boy was nothing short of a miracle.

    Tristan Russell couldn't speak, was in a coma and underwent hours of brain surgery after he fell out of a third-floor window in March 2011.

    "We stayed up and prayed all night," his father, Sean Russell, said through tears. "That was hard, but he pulled through."

    Eighteen months later, Tristan walked into school for his first day of kindergarten at Bill Harz Elementary.

    Doctors were surprised he pulled through after the hours of surgery and told his parents his right side was paralyzed.

    Tristan underwent intensive therapy at Our Children's House at Baylor to help him walk and regain motor skills.

    On Monday, it all paid off.

    "He's our little miracle," Russell said. "We're blessed. We're so happy he's with us."