SAN ANTONIO -

A road rage crash left Braylon Nelson paralyzed last October, leaving the little boy to pay the price for others getting out of control on the roads.

The drivers of a pair of cars got into an argument, causing one of them to lose control.

The car smashed into the car Braylon’s dad was driving, leaving the 3-year-old without any movement below his neck.

His recovery has been slow and steady, according to his mom, bolstered by days like Thursday, which saw San Antonio police Chief William McManus stopping by to see how the boy has been progressing.

“Everything is good,” said Braylon, after the chief asked how he was doing.

“He’s still the same amazing little boy we first met about a year ago,” said McManus.

The boy’s smile is infectious; his attitude remarkable. He never stops laughing or giggling, and told reporters that he has a girlfriend, but no wife.

“He acts like nothing is wrong, and that’s an inspiration to me,” said Candice Matthews, the boy’s mother. “I’m not going to stop until he’s out of that wheelchair.”

Still, his road is a long one, and the recovery will take time.

But there is hope that he will walk again.

Until then, though, Braylon will keep smiling.

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