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ORLANDO, Fla. — A faint cry.
Vinise had left Daishawn with his father, who left him alone with a young cousin. How the baby ended up behind the bed, smothered by covers is unclear. But that’s where Vinise found him, his brain deprived of oxygen for an unknown period of time.
Daishawn spent 30 days in a coma. He survived, but is severely disabled. Now 22, he is in a wheelchair, can’t use one arm, is legally blind and struggles cognitively.
“When I found him, he was clinically dead,” Capers said. “They didn’t expect him to live.”
Vinise worked full-time as a teacher while raising four boys, including seriously handicapped Daishawn. So Charles played the role of father — or ‘Pops’ as Kyshoen calls him — to his younger siblings.
“For me, helping take care of him was never an issue,” Kyshoen, now 19, said. “I learned that from my brothers.”
After his brothers finished high school and left home, Kyshoen took over the task of assisting his mother with caring for Daishawn. He’d get up an hour early before school to help bathe, dress and feed Daishawn, a chore that became more cumbersome as Daishawn got older and bigger.
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