Three weeks ago, a 9-year-old Omaha boy hit a school bus while riding his bike. Shaynee Solis suffered severe injuries to his leg and foot when he was run over and is still recovering in the Pediatric I.C.U. at the Nebraska Medical Center.
Shaynee’s mother Shelli told Channel 6 News Friday her son is recovering from recent surgery. Shelli said since the accident, Shaynee has been in physical therapy, using a walker to help keep his other leg moving.
"It hurts." Does she wish she could take the pain away? "Yeah, all I can do is just sit there and comfort him the best I can,” Shelli said.
As a mother, Solis is living a nightmare, watching Shaynee recover after hitting a bus while riding his bike near 37th and Grand Avenue. Shaynee had been coming down a hill when he hit the side of a school bus, the rear tire crushing his left leg.
"He's in pain, he tolerates only so much right now because of the skin graft," said Shelli. Doctors say that immediately after the accident, Shaynee basically didn't have a heel. "Wasn't enough skin to go over the heel so they had to take it from his thigh, they put it on his heel to cover the muscle tissue," Shelli said.
At the time, Shaynee was riding with his older brother Tracey. Now, instead of the two playing outside on weekends and after school, they find time between Shaynee's physical therapy sessions. "He sits down, plays Legos with him and watches TV with him."
The only thing Shelli says she can do now is help her son take each day as it comes. "He's 9 years old, he's been through so much, he's had so many surgeries since the age of 2. He's a strong little boy.”
Shaynee's class held a fundraiser day for him Thursday at Skinner Magnet School. They each paid 50 cents to wear a hat and all the proceeds went to Shaynee's recovery.
Saturday will be a great chance for kids and parents to brush up on bicycle safety at Westroads Mall for the 16th Annual Salute to Safety Expo.
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