A 29-year-old city police officer who was shot in the head at close range while responding to a call in Brooklyn last month was cheered on by fellow department members Friday as he was officially released from Bellevue Hospital. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.
Wearing a Justin Tuck Giants Football jersey, Officer Kevin Brennan left Bellevue Hospital as dozens of fellow members of the New York City Police Department cheered him on.
When asked what was the first thing he would do when he got home, he said, “I’m going to hug my daughter.”
The 29-year-old officer somehow survived despite being shot at point blank range in the base of his skull back on January 31. Police say Luis Ortiz, 21, pulled the trigger.
Brennan was rushed to Bellevue, where doctors were able to remove the bullet. Now, 10 days later, he was able to leave the hospital.
"It truly is a miracle that he survived, but to survive with all of his faculties, all of his abilities in order is just amazing, and we are very appreciative, and a higher power that came to play here, there's no question about it," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
One of the doctors who treated Brennan at Bellevue also stressed just how incredible the officer's recovery has been.
"I'd say that it's pretty close to a miracle that somebody could get shot in the head from what seems to be pretty close range and have the bullet basically bounce off of his skull and not really do much in the way of brain damage. If I was him, I would certainly feel as though a miracle had occurred," said Dr. Ronald Simon, director of trauma at Bellevue.
Dr. Simon said Brennan is having some trouble with his eyesight, but to whether or not he will be on the job again, Dr. Simon said, “The brain has a remarkable ability to improve, so it is possible that he could get back into service, but only time will tell."
For now, Brennan will continue his rehabilitation as an outpatient and be able to spend plenty of time with his wife and baby daughter.