Avontay came home from school to find his mom badly beaten by her ex-boyfriend who was still in their house. When confronting him and trying to protect his mother, the heated moment quickly escalated. Avontay’s mom told him to run, and when he tried to get away, was struck by multiple gun shots. The man continued chasing him and fired more rounds at Avontay after he fell in the street. He was admitted to University Hospital – San Antonio in critical condition along with his mother who was also a victim of the shooting.
He faced many challenges during his hospitalization. He underwent a tracheotomy and began healing from physical and emotional traumas. It’s also where he celebrated his 14th birthday. After nearly six weeks in the hospital, his long road to recovery continued with inpatient therapy.
Kids Wish Network honors Avontay’s bravery and self-sacrifice, naming him a Hero of the Month.