South Carolina man shot in head recovers with help from painted piano from Jessye Norman School of the Arts

South Carolina man shot in head recovers with help from painted piano from Jessye Norman School of the Arts

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Ray Griffin has a special connection with these keys. He’s a self-taught pianist since age 14.

Doctor's Hospital physical therapist saw him play and ran to get more staff to hear him play. And got offered a job to play lol. They were very impressed with him and they really adore Ray R Damontaye Griffin. Ray Griffin, Tina Griffin Taylor, Alexis Kemp one hand don't stop no show. They asking for a concert! God is good.

Posted by Christine Glover on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Being able to play this melody means much more to Griffin since Labor Day Weekend. He was shot trying to break up a fight between two relatives.

“I went over there trying to take the gun from him and the gun went off,” Griffin recalled.

He woke up in the hospital in the face of adversity. He said he wasn’t expected to make it.

Weeks into his recovery, Griffin surprised staff at Doctors Hospital by tickling the ivories in between rehab sessions on a painted piano from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.

“Piano is his thing. He played before and now it’s being used in his rehab to help his brain remember what’s going on," explained Doctors Hospital Trauma Medical Director Dr. Christopher Hogan

Ray was discharged from the hospital last weekend. He looks forward to continuing his music career and cooking for himself.

"Never give up, no matter what happens to you. I got shot in the head I'm still going to pursue my music regardless. Even if I have one hand. But keep pushing through life."

His family said he’s a walking miracle and it wasn’t his time to go just yet, but his time to inspire is now.

You can follow Ray’s progress and his piano skills as he continues his music ministry. CLICK HERE to connect to his social media.

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