Boy, 10, Blinded by Asthma Attack is Walking, Talking Again

A 10-year-old boy left blind after an asthma attack cut off oxygen to his brain has regained the ability to walk and talk.

And Dante Hall's mother, Jenika, is holding out hope that her son's vision will also return.

"Hopefully it will come back like everything else has," she told the Midland Reporter-Telegram for Sunday editions. "You never think it will happen to you or your son."

Dante was stricken last June and remained unconscious for a month. When he regained consciousness, he suffered from memory loss, blindness, and couldn't walk or talk.

He went home in August and, with help from physical therapists, learned to walk again.

"He couldn't talk when he came home from the hospital," his mother said, but now "he won't stop."

Jenika Hall said doctors at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, where Dante was treated, visited in December and were amazed at his progress.

Dante had homebound instruction this year and will attend elementary school in the fall. His mother said he will probably use a wheelchair to get around.

Deehona Shannon, Dante's homebound teacher this year, said Dante learned to do math in his head and dictated stories to her.

"The biggest thing about Dante is his positive attitude," Shannon told the newspaper. "What I admired about him is he worked hard."