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Teen paralyzed in shooting: 'I don't really get upset. I just try to keep pushing myself'



According to our affiliate WBFF, close to 550 people have been shot this year in Baltimore and survived.

Hundreds of shooting victims and their loved ones are affected by gunfire in the city with lives torn apart.

One Baltimore mother and her teenage daughter talked to WBFF reporter Shelley Orman about their experience.

The 16-year-old girl was an innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet last month.

Jordan Green is now going through rehab at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute.

"As her mother, I have my moments because I don't want to question why she's here in this position," said Jamie Frierson. "No parent wants to see their child go through what she's going through. I don't wish it on anybody."

Her daughter is now suffering incomplete paralysis, learning to work a wheelchair.

"I guess everything happens for a reason," Jordan said. "I don't really get upset. I just try to keep pushing myself."

Jordan was struck by a stray bullet last month as she was visiting friends in northeast Baltimore.
"We were just talking," she remembered.

The bullet went into her neck, fractured her spinal cord, shattered an artery and collapsed a lung.
She's now in therapy, relearning to use her hands and arms.

"At first I couldn't hold these two fingers together," she said, putting her thumb and index finger together.
She's slowly regaining feeling in her legs too and is vowing to walk again.

"Next year, I plan to be walking," she said.

Jordan had just gotten her driver's license the day before she was shot.

She's also planning to drive again one day.

That positive attitude? She says she gets it from her mother Jamie.

"She's not going to have that taken away from her. That's something she had looked forward to doing," she says.

"I made a promise to Jordan that everything that we had planned for her initially, that we would continue to do," her mom says. "We just have to find a different way to go about it."

They can't answer why Jordan was shot.

Police have not caught whoever fired the bullet that hit her.

The shooting was on a basketball court near Laclede Street in northeast Baltimore on September 16 around 8:30 at night.

Jordan had been 1,300 feet away from the court, visiting a friend in the neighborhood.

"To just be standing outside talking, minding her own business, it's really not fair to me," Jamie said.

But they're focused on making the most of Jordan's recovery and are speaking out because she's one of hundreds suffering from gunfire in the city.

"You very seldom hear about the victims who are still alive, and my daughter still has a story to tell," Jamie said. "We definitely don't want this individual to be able to think recklessly again, and to do this to somebody else who may not be as fortunate as she was that night."

"I just try to stay positive," Jordan said. "It all worked out in the end. I'm still here."

Doctors tell Jordan's mom if all goes according to plan, she should be able to go home and continue recovery there by Halloween.

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