Chicago police officer who was shot is on uncertain path to recovery

Deal Pearson knows this injury will require patience


The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — More than two months after he was shot in the chest and nearly died, Del Pearson's biggest challenge, oddly enough, remains his left hand.

The decorated Chicago police officer can wiggle his fingers and open his hand wide, but he cannot make a fist because of nerves damaged in his left arm from the shooting. Pearson, a three-sport athlete in high school, has fractured bones before, but he knows this injury will require patience.

"There's not a doctor that can say in six months, your nerves will be back and your hand will be back to normal. That's just not how this injury is," Pearson said in a recent interview in the living room of his Mount Greenwood neighborhood house. "It's an unknown amount of time depending on an individual's own body, to how fast their nerves are going to come back."

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