Boy shot trying to protect mother from her boyfriend has successful skin graft surgery, family says

Cayson McClung, 10
Cayson McClung, 10(WAFF)
Published: Oct. 31, 2023 at 11:30 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 14, 2023 at 5:29 PM CST
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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAFF) - The 10-year-old boy who was shot while trying to protect his mother during a murder-suicide continues to recover following multiple surgeries, according to family members.

Cayson McClung has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and doctors were able to save his arm that was injured in the shooting.

According to Cayson’s stepmother, Madilyn McClung by way of his biological father, Billy McClung, had his first surgery on Monday, when doctors were able to stitch and repair the injury to his face. Cayson had his second surgery on the following Thursday and will have another surgery next Tuesday, Nov. 7.

McClung was injured Sunday night after his mother, Ashley McClung, and her boyfriend Adam Narmore, got into an argument which ended with Narmore shooting her and Cayson before turning the gun on himself. The shooting happened at Park Place Apartments in Sheffield. Ashley McClung, 38, and Narmore, 40, died on the scene.

Madilyn confirmed through doctors they will make sure there is nothing else to repair for Cayson’s arm. Doctors said he will likely be able to head home on Nov. 8 or Nov. 9.

He returned to Birmingham on Nov. 14 for a skin graft, his step mother told WAFF 48 News that the doctors say the surgery went great.

He received some special visitors from the Sheffield Fire Department on Friday to check on him in his recovery.

WAFF 48's Aria Pons reporting

Madilyn said this is good and bad news. Good because the doctors were able to save his arm, however, Cayson will have to stay in the hospital longer than he would have wanted. She said he hoped to come home this weekend, but that is no longer the case as there is major nerve damage to his right arm.

His stepmother also mentioned there is some nerve damage to his left arm but doctors believe it will heal on its own without surgery.

McClung’s fourth-grade teacher and principal said that some of his classmates and friends were heading to Birmingham to visit him on Friday to give him several items that classmates have brought in such as stuffed animals to keep him company.

Bank Independent has set up a Good Samaritan account for Cayson. People interested in donating can donate at any Bank Independent location or mail a donation to Bank Independent P.O. Box 5000 Sheffield, AL 35660.

All funds will be made available to him.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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