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'Our lives are never going to be the same': Mom reacts to shooting

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The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was shot by a stray bullet says he has a long road to recovery. 

Kaden Noble, from Cedar Falls, was at the Apples on the Avenue Orchard near Nashua with his family last Sunday afternoon. The Chickasaw County Sheriff believes Kaden was hit by a stray bullet from a nearby shooting range at the Nashua Fish and Game Club. 

His mother, Krystle Nicholson describes her son just like any other 8-year-old. The fun-loving, soccer playing, third grader has a smile that lights up the room. Nicholson said that all came to a stand still when her son was shot by a stray bullet. 

"The bullet ricochet from his knee to his chest and out through his back," said Nicholson. 

Their day of family fun at the apple orchard flipped their lives upside down. 

Nicholson, who has a nursing background, quickly jumped into action after the shock set in. 

"I kind of went from not being mom to back to my nursing background," said Nicholson. "I held onto the wound on my son's chest as hard as I could. And there were two other super nice ladies who helped me along the way. They kept talking to me and told me to stay focused, which helped a lot."

Kaden was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where his mom has been with him every step of the way. Nicholson says Kaden underwent emergency exploratory surgery. 

"He is doing good," said Nicholson. He has a very long recovery, and it's going to be a very slow process for him to get back to his normal self."

For Kaden and his family, the recovery will be more than just physical. Kaden and his younger sister were both sitting in the wagon when he was shot. Nicholson says if the bullet would've hit an inch to the right, it would've struck both of her children. 

"I mean it upsets you and tears you up, but just the scary part is almost losing both of them at the same time and it's hard to explain," said Nicholson. "It's hard to explain any emotion. I mean you're sad, you're mad, you're everything. You're numb. Every emotion possible."

Nicholson says moving forward, her focus is on her son.     

"I mean this whole thing has changed our lives completely forever," said Nicholson. "Our lives are never going to be the same. Just hold your kids close because you never know what's going to happen. Never would've thought this would ever happen to us in a million years."

Both Nicholson and Kaden's father have missed work to take care of their son. The owners of the Apples on the Avenue orchard have started a GoFundMe to help Kaden and his family with their mounting medical expenses. If you would like to help the family, visit their donation page

Continue to stay with KWWL for updates on the investigation of the accident. 

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