A 15-year-old Miami Killian Senior High School student who was stabbed by a female classmate says he's still in constant pain in his first public comments since the incident.
"I'm in so much pain. My chest, every breath hurts and it's just constant," Deandre Johnson said, in a hospital video released by his attorney Tuesday.
Johnson remains bedridden at Nicklaus Children's Hospital following the stabbing that happened last Tuesday. He said he's hoping to make a full recovery.
"I just try to stay positive about the situation, I try not to think about it, I just clear it out my mind," he said.
Johnson, a prominent member of the school's football team, was stabbed in the chest by a 17-year-old classmate. The stabbing severed an artery, punctured a lung, and caused mass internal bleeding.
"I don't know her. I didn't deserve this at all," he said.
From his hospital room, with as much energy as he could muster, Johnson thanked his doctors, friends, classmates and football team, and the young lady who came to his aid.
"I'm just thankful for God for giving me a second chance at life," he said. "I'm thankful for the student who came to my rescue and the community for their prayers."
Johnson said he hopes he'll be able to return to the football field.
"If I will be able to play at a higher level as I was playing would it hurt if I come back and the risk that I put myself in if I do come back," he said.
The suspect in the stabbing remains behind bars in a juvenile facility.