My Story

Hey guys. How are you doing today? My name is DeVante Henton. I’m 30 years old, and I was born in Detroit, Michigan. I graduated from Southfield High School in 2010. My hobbies include reading, watching sports and playing video games. I’m currently enrolled at Wayne County Community College. I’m here to talk to you about how hanging out with the wrong crowd almost cost me my life. So I pray, any young person who hears my story will be always aware of their surroundings and take heed of their parents’ words of caution. Poor decision making can lead into dangerous circumstances that may alter your life forever if you allow it.

In 2008 at the age of 15, I was shot in the head with an AK47 while gambling with friends. A witness called 911 immediately, but it took over an hour for an ambulance to arrive. I was taken to Henry Ford Hospital and after evaluating me, the doctors told my family that I was going to die more than five times and if I did live, that I would be in a vegetative state for the rest of my life! I stayed at Henry Ford for about two weeks then I got transferred to Children’s Hospital where I was there, four to five months. I had to re-learn how to do everything. I can remember learning how to speak again. My first words were “Hi Mom!” I can remember her facial expression when I spoke those words to her.  It was priceless. I left Children’s Hospital in a wheelchair and I felt like I had disappointed everyone because I told my mom that I would walk out of that hospital, but that didn’t happen.

I was fortunate enough to have the support of my family throughout this whole transition. As a result, I was able to move home with their help. Even with all the support and love from my family, I still would experience bouts of depression as a result of my physical condition.  I really felt empty inside. I would sit in my bed for days just thinking to myself why did God punish me? What did I do that was so wrong that this had to happen to me? Until one day when I “decided,” and built up enough courage to try and end my life by taking 13 muscle relaxers. Jesus Christ kept me here, and through hard work and dedication I was able to walk again and graduate high school.

Eight years later I was in a car accident in which I’m recovering from in addition to my gunshot wound. My speech and pain levels worsened because of the car accident. I also broke my left wrist and ankle in the accident but my journey isn’t over 13 years later. I’m continuing outpatient therapy at TheRecovery Project including Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and
Occupational Therapy.

According to the U.S. statistics, and also the research of Dr Khoi Than Of Duke University Neurology, Gunshots in wounds to the head are fatal 90 percent of time with many victims dying before they even reach the hospital. For the victims that do survive the initial trauma, 50 percent of them die before they reach the emergency room. Gunshot wounds to the head attribute to an estimated 35 percent of all traumatic brain injury deaths. Also about 50 percent of surviving victims suffer from seizures and require anti-epilepsy medication. I’m blessed to say that I’ve only had one seizure during 13 years of survival. Although I’m facing many obstacles right now, I’m currently working through them all like the late great Nipsey Hussle said, “Life isn’t a sprint it’s a marathon,” and I’m a marathon runner. Despite all the pain and injuries, I’m still here, standing strong and thankful for another day. With that being said I pray that you never ever give up on your dreams and you must put GOD first in everything you do. Also you must remember to practice patients and never stop believing in yourself no matter how dire your situation may become. You must keep your head and spirits high and you’ll eventually reach your destiny if it’s God’s WILL!

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Maresha Shanice Howard says:

Tay!!! That was beautiful!…well written, well told and well spoken! It gave me chills reading this and listening to you! GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!! LIFE IS YOURS TO KEEP!!

Barbara Henton says:

This was so awesome! Keep speaking your truth Devante. You’re going to help so many people. God bless you. Auntie BJ

That was great son. You’re a special man. And God continues to show you that. I love you❤️💯

Kay Miller says:

Love 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾❤️😎

Stephanie Cochran-Mccormick says:

I’m soooo Proud of you Cousin, You are a true Definition of a Miracle I’m so happy you are my family. Tae you have in stored faith and prayer into my life to a point you will never understand. Continue to thrive and be the person I always knew you were and the person GoD Created you to be!!! Continue to Stay blessed, and I Support your Dreams and Future Endeavors!!! Big Stephanie 💝

Nahla says:

So proud of you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to so many people.

Jauana N Hanks says:

Beautiful kousin I remember when ur Dad called me that.. God spk clearly to read psalms 91 and he would move and you will not die! I love you and so proud.. xoxo Cola

Duan says:

Simply sincere and God sent. I am so proud inspired by your story and your struggles. I pray the Lord’s face shines upon you whatever you go; and Ruack quedesh is always by your side. And when this journey is fulfill the Lord embraces you and a whispers in your ear well done my faithful Servant well done. Though the gate is narrow and the road is indeed difficult and unfortunately many will never find it. Taye I believe you are infact on it and headed in the correct direction. Continue to be that blessing that people pray for my young Minister.

Monique Mitchell says:

Tay, I love this story!
I never thought about the after math of your situation. I think as kids we all were just so happy that you made it. I love you and I am extremely proud of you. My son is is Middle school. I am going to share your story with him. Keep going! And yes, always keep GOD 1st in everything you do. Without him there is no me!

Roslyn watkins says:

This is beautiful

Peggy Bodde says:

“Despite all the pain and injuries, I’m still here, standing strong and thankful for another day. With that being said I pray that you never ever give up on your dreams and you must put GOD first in everything you do.”

WOW! Your story blew me away. I want to encourage you to keep running that marathon. The enemy will try to distract and stop you: don’t let him, DeVante. I pray God would protect you and open doors so you can continue sharing your story.

Cynthia Breen says:

Thank you for igniting hope for others who are struggling, DeVante. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Romans 5:5 “and hope does NOT DISAPPOINT because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.” Please take the time to read the when passage of Romans 5:1-8. It is so powerful! May God continue to use you to reach the youth of our country who really need to hear your story of hope