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Toddler shoots self, Great Grandparents pray for recovery

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A 2-year-old is in critical condition after he found a gun and shot himself.

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office says, Saturday night, the boy used a stool to get to the gun, which was still in the case.

The boy's grandparents say they're thankful he's alive, and are praying for a good recovery.

Great Grandparents Roy and Ann Durrett say their still in shock about Saturday's tragedy involving their 2-year-old grandson, Vaughn Taylor.

"We feel so blessed that he's still alive," Ann says.

"A few inches in any other direction and it would have been all of him," Ann explained.

According to Cherokee County officials, the 2-year-old found the gun on a dividing wall between the living area and the kitchen in his home.

"We don't know how he got it," Ann said.

The gun was a small caliber, semi-automatic that had a round in the chamber, and a fully loaded magazine.

The boy got the gun out of the case, and that's when he shot himself in the chest, just below the right collarbone.

"Right now, it just breaks my heart that he's hurt and that he's in pain," expressed Ann.

The 2-year-old was taken by helicopter to a Dallas hospital where his Great Grandparents say he's undergone surgeries.

"We just hope that he recovers, and that he can have the use of his arm because right now we don't know how much nerve damage he has, or how it's going to turn out," Ann said.

While they anxiously wait by the phone for updates on their grandson, all they can do now is pray.

"It's going to be a lot of prayer and a lot of love to keep him going, it's going to be long recovery and a lot  of therapy," says Roy.

Vaughn's grandparents tell KLTV that doctors are keeping him under sedation as he recovers from surgery.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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