The small wheelchair that holds his body and the scars on his head and face are constant reminders of the morning he nearly lost his life.
Jean still vividly remembers the horror of August 4, 2015. She was startled out of sleep by the sound of a gunshot inside her bedroom.
Somehow Darnal had gotten out of his parents' bed, climbed a chair in front of his dad's dresser, opened the top drawer, grabbed a gun and shot himself in the face.
"My son was crying. Throughout the whole experience he was crying," said Jean. "I just kept talking to him while driving."
Dr. Sarah Jernigan, a University of Miami pediatric neurosurgeon at Holtz who operated on Darnal said:
Doctors surgically removed the left side of Darnal's skull to allow for swelling and to protect the part of the brain that was untouched by the bullet.
Jean said the doctors warned her things would get worse before they got better. And they did. Darnal spent three weeks in a coma, and when he woke up, he was barely responsive.
At the rehabilitation hospital, Darnal received at least three hours of therapy every day and learned how to breathe on his own again and slowly started talking and walking, despite having weakness on the right side of his body. His feeding tube has also been removed. His progress seems like a miracle.
This week, after more than three months after the shooting, Darnal is going home. Jean said they still keep a gun in the house for personal protection, but they're making sure it is locked up in a safe, out of Darnal's reach.
Darnal will be celebrating his 4th birthday on Saturday and the doctors who are helping Darnal heal have high hopes for his future.