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Amazing news about baby Izaiah's recovery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Nearly eight months after he was almost killed by a drunk driver, baby Izaiah Wallis continues to show signs of improvement. He went home from the hospital last month, and Thursday doctors are reporting an amazing development in his recovery.

A small move by baby Izaiah brought big excitement.

"Everyone just broke into tears... Izaiah's family was stunned," Linda Van Kessler of Passion 4 Kids said.

They were stunned because doctors thought Izaiah would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

"When he came out of the hospital he was paralyzed from the chest down," Dr. Dennis Maness said.

Maness is part of a team of volunteers committed to giving baby Izaiah a chance.

"I love being there with baby Izaiah. He's the sweetest little guy," he said.

They've been sending signals through Izaiah's ears hidden behind music from his favorite movie "Finding Nemo". Those signals help Izaiah's brain balance and relax.

"We relax this area and we take it from the fight or flight, and we bring it to a relaxed state, and we take away that fight or flight pull," Maness explained.

Izaiah's life took a tragic turn last October, when a drunk teenaged driver hit his stroller as Izaiah's grandfather was taking him for a walk.

"He looked like he was one step away from death," Van Kessler said.

Van Kessler remembers seeing Izaiah just days after the accident. She's been helping his parents ever since.

"To see where he is now is just a miracle. It really, really is," she said.

Linda says Isaiah is clearly a different person since coming home from the hospital a couple weeks ago, and doctors agree.

"All of a sudden instead of being so guarded, he's smiling, cooing, enjoying the responses," Maness said.

Doctor Maness says the next goal is to have Izaiah standing and crawling within the next couple of months. But he admits it's too early to know just how much damage there is.

"To look in the crystal ball and say yeah, he'll not walk without a limp, or yeah he'll make Harvard, or he might make the local JC -- we just don't know these things," Maness said.

The non-profit group Passion 4 Kids is trying to raise money to get Izaiah into a home that can better handle his needs.

If you would like information on how to donate, click HERE.

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