Only on 5: Boy who lost his leg talks about recovery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Only on 5: Boy who lost his leg talks about recovery

Jalen Griffin was the center of attention Friday as the Bornblum Solomon Schecter School helped "Make-A-Wish" come true.

"Disney World," Jalen said as he explained where he and his family are going.  "I've never been there before," he added.

Things were a lot more somber last May when Jalen was struck, then dragged, by his school bus along a rural road in Fayette County.  Jalen had dropped his book-bag and ran back to get it.  The bus driver told us he never saw him. 

"I'm panicking, I'm nervous," Jalen's mother, Jackie Griffin, recalled.  "I was told he was pretty bad, but not how bad he actually was," she said.

Jalen was in the hospital for nearly two months.  His left leg had to be amputated.  The five year-old doesn't think twice about showing off his new leg.

"And of course, you know, he's pretty rough with it," his mom told us.

For the most part, Jalen is back on his feet.

"I mean, everybody's saying it's so amazing, so amazing," said Jackie Griffin.  "And I think it is too," she added.

"He's getting around using his limb there and nothing's stopping him," said father Anthony Griffin.

That includes Jalen's three older sisters.

"Sometimes they are mean," Jalen told us.

Everyone else has been nothing but nice.

"You can't imagine how happy we are," said Jalen's father.

Those who have been generous include the folks who pitched in to make Jalen's only wish a reality.

The driver of the bus that struck Jalen no longer works for Fayette County Schools.                               

He was never charged with a crime.

The superintendent considers it an unfortunate accident.


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