Teen paralyzed after being shot by friend
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CREATED May. 2, 2013
by Dave Culbreth
North Fort Myers, Fla.
Evan Vernadakis can't believe it. Still a teenager and paralyzed from the chest down. Three months in the hospital, and five surgeries later, and doctors say he will never walk again.
"You know the hard thing is, like laying down, you can see your legs, you know they're there but you do everything you possibly can to try to move them but they won't move," said Vernadakis.
He was at a party on New Years Eve when, according to investigators, his best friend Michael Korp accidently shot him. "Out of the corner of my eye I see him point it at me and I hear a 'boom' and the next thing I know I was on the ground," said Vernadakis.
No one called 911, not that night, not the next morning, never. The next night was when his friend decided he should go to the hospital, 18 hours after he was shot. "The whole time I was begging him to bring me to the hospital because instantly I couldn't feel my legs and move so like I was freaking out," added Vernadakis.
Finally, he says they made a deal. "He's like I'll bring you if you promise to tell them you don't know what happened and you don't know who did it. I was like, I'll say whatever you want me to say just get me there"
Evan says that finally after 18 long hours of begging his so-called best friend to take him to the hospital he did. But when he did he didn't take him to the Emergency Room instead he took him to a side parking lot. Then he sent someone else in to get a wheelchair, and then they left. A few minutes later, Vernadakis said, a complete stranger came up and asked him if he needed to be wheeled into the Emergency Room"
Korp has been charged with one felony and two misdemeanors.
"I don't think they're big enough charges,” said Vernadakis. “And I don't like the fact that he got bonded out and he is able to walk and do whatever he wants and I'm over here stuck in a wheelchair"
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