3-Year-Old Gunshot Victim's Skull Preserved in Abdomen

A 3-year-old boy from Arizona is exceeding doctors’ expectations after he shot himself in the head with a gun he found under a couch in his great-grandmother's house.

As a result of the incident, Landon Smith can’t move the left side of his body and surgeons had to remove half of his skull, which is now being preserved inside the toddler’s abdomen, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.

Landon was visiting his great-grandmother in Cave Creek, Ariz., last month when he found a loaded gun underneath a couch. The gun went off, sending a bullet into his head, above his right eye before it exited out of the back.

"We have high hopes for him — he's truly God's miracle," his aunt, Beth Knudsen, told the news station. “He's doing wonderful."

Landon’s skull will remain in his abdomen until doctors are ready to perform reconstructive surgery, which they hope will be in about three weeks.

"We never expected him to be talking to be breathing on his own, to be eating on his own," Knudsen said. "We honestly never expected that and three weeks after the accident, he's doing everything by himself."

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