When a bullet passed through 14-year-old Ondelee Perteet's jaw and severed his spine, doctors told him he would never walk again. But three and a half years later, he is able to walk with crutches. [Photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz/Wonderful Machine]

One young gun-violence victim beats the odds

In 2009, when Ondelee Perteet was 14, he was shot in the jaw at a birthday party on Chicago's West Side. The bullet severed his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down. His doctors told him that he would never walk again, but three and a half years later, he is beginning to walk with the help of crutches.The Chicago Reporter has been following Perteet's story over the past year.