Seven months after a vicious attack, Dakotah Earley takes incredible steps toward recovery


The young cooking student, who died after being shot three times in a robbery in May, inspired thousands of Chicagoans with his remarkable recovery and took a literally incredible step Tuesday.

Dakota Early, who has undergone at least a dozen surgeries since being shot in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood on May 6, recently took her first steps with a prosthetic leg.

Early’s mother, Joy Dobbs, said, “It was an amazing day. Definitely the best day I’ve had in a long time.

She and her son have come a long way since the horrific attack. Prosecutors say Early was walking on the sidewalk near the intersection of Webster and Wayne streets when the suspect emerged from behind the building, pointed a gun at him, and demanded his cell phone and passcode. increase.

Early was shot three times, underwent a series of surgeries and now has a partially amputated leg and a severe abdominal injury.

He was discharged from the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital in July and is now making another breakthrough in his recovery.

“I started crying. He said, ‘Mom, what’s wrong?’ I had to tell him I was so happy,” Dobbs said. It just overwhelmed me.”

It was an emotional meeting Monday when the mother of a Lincoln Park man who nearly died in an attempted robbery earlier this month met the man who comforted his son on that difficult day, NBC 5’s Kye Martin.

She is grateful to the Illinois Masonic doctors, nurses, housekeepers and all staff at the Hunger Clinic.

“We were definitely touched by the grace of God. It’s a great feeling,” Dobbs said.

Tyshon Brownlee has been charged with the attack, as well as four other armed robberies on Chicago’s north side.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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