A Seattle, Washington teen elk hunting with friends on October 18, 2013 was paralyzed when a rope tied to a truck and pulling an elk they harvested snapped, recoiled and struck him in the back of the neck.

Seattle NBC affiliate KING reports that Kevin Wayne Jr., 17, was flown to Harborview Medical Center for treatment but is unable to talk or feel anything from the chest down. Doctors say it’s likely he’ll never walk again.

“I still can’t wrap my head around it. There’s nothing you can do for your child and that’s the hardest part,” said his mom.

While Kevin had neck surgery last Tuesday and is showing positive signs of improvement like being able to roll one arm, his parents, who have not left his bedside, say the medical benefits they receive through their employers won’t cover a majority of the expenses to help their son, and they’re already accumulating medical bills they will struggle to pay. To help, his family created a website to accept donations at