The Times West Virginian

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June 20, 2014

VIDEO: Father of 11-year-old shooting victim asks for Prayers for Carter

FAIRMONT — Carter Ciemania’s father Ian Ciemania is asking for prayers for his son who remains in the hospital.

Two months ago, 11-year-old Carter suffered a traumatic brain injury in what police are saying is an accidental shooting in Fairmont.

“Carter sustained a traumatic brain injury on April 9 and we’ve just picked up our lives and went on a full force effort to position ourselves by his bedside,” Ian said.


On the night Carter was injured, he was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. On Monday he was taken to Baltimore, Maryland to the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

“After much prayer and community support, he’s here and he’s doing well,” Ian said. “He’s exceeding (the doctor’s) expectations already.”

Since suffering the injury, Ian said Carter has been taken off a ventilator and has been able to breath without being hooked up to oxygen. Ian said Carter has also been able to open his eyes and connect with people while they walk across a room.

“He’s now following us and connecting with us while we engage with him,” Ian said. “Today he can turn his head and watch people throughout the room.”

Ian said Carter has started doing physical and occupational therapy on Thursday.

“It’s a miracle that we have our son with us,” Ian said. “The Lord has picked Carter up every step of the way and has never let him down.”

Support and prayers for Carter have came from all around the world. Ian said he knows of 16 different countries that have been praying for his son.

A prayer vigil for Carter will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Palatine Park.

Find the full story in Saturday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

Email Emily Gallagher at or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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