WICHITA, Kan. At just 4 years old, Andres Arambula spent 21 days at Wichita's Wesley Children's Hospital, showing bravery and resilience in his fight to recover from a near-fatal injury he suffered in a shooting connected with a a road-rage incident last October.
Andres' recovery isn't complete, but he's made large strides over the past few months, now is honored for bravely fighting through adversity at such a young age. Tuesday, Andres was named "Hero of the Year" by the Kids Wish Network.
The group says it picked Andres for the 2018 honor for his bravery and attitude during his recovery. Doctors removed the bullet and repaired Andres' diaphragm, liver and kidney, but Andres helped his own cause with cooperation and his determination to get better.
"It was a long road. I'm really glad we've made it this far," Andres' father, Angelo Arambula says.
The honor of "Hero of the Year" came with a $5,000 check presented to Andres Tuesday at Wesley Children's Hospital. Among those on hand for the presentation was Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.
"(Andres) showed great strength and bravery for such a little boy," Ramsay says. "His resilience to overcome challenges really is inspirational to all of us."