Hisham Awartani released Wednesday from a hospital to rousing applaus

Hisham Awartani, was paralyzed from the chest down when he was among three Palestinian college students shot over Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont. He was released Wednesday from a hospital to rousing applause, according to video shared by his family. In a GoFundMe campaign created to raise money for Awartani’s medical expenses, his loved ones disclosed that one of the bullets that struck him is lodged in his spine and has left him paralyzed from the chest down. Awartani’s mother, Elizabeth Price, “He has what they call an incomplete spinal injury, which means that he can feel, but he can’t move the areas that are currently paralyzed,” she said. “He is going into intensive rehab later this week, and we hope that that will help with his prognosis.  Awartani and his two friends, were walking near Awartani’s grandmother’s home on Nov. 25 when a man they didn’t know shot them with no apparent provocation.