My name is Jesus Ayala. I’m 26 years old. I’m a paraplegic with a spinal cord injury at T4 and T8. In December 2008 during a domestic violence incident, I took a gunshot wound to the chest, which paralyzed me. I’m very fortunate to be alive. The doctors say I died twice and they had no hope for me. It was really bad – the bullet, a .357 caliber, hit not only my chest but also damaged my right kidney, pierced my lung and destroyed my liver. I thank God for my life every time I close my eyes to pray.