Sacramento, Calif.-A brave 13-year-old boy is now recovering after a chimney came crashing down on him during Sunday's earthquake.
His pelvis is broken in several places, but the young teen says he's just grateful to be alive.
“I have, like, three plates and two bolts inside of me right now,” Nick Dillon said.
Dillon is handling his ordeal with remarkable bravery, and a healthy perspective.
“Of course, I'm gonna have my moments where I'm gonna be down,” Dillon said. “I know it's gonna happen. But I'm not gonna be depressed. I'm not gonna let it get to me.”
The 9th grader's pelvis was broken in several places when this chimney came down on top of him in the quake.
He remembers everything about the quake. He had a friend over to spend the night. His friend was sleeping on the living room couch. Nick was on a mattress by the fireplace. The quake woke him up. He said he first made sure his friend was okay, then started crawling away from the fireplace.
“And just as I put my right knee on the floor, the chimney collapsed on my back, and I stumbled a little forward on the floor,” Dillon said. “I thought I was paralyzed. For the first 30 seconds, I couldn't feel my legs. I couldn't feel my back.”
He's not sure how many bricks landed on him. But he knows the outcome would be different if he hadn't crawled away from the chimney during the quake.
“I do consider myself lucky to be alive,” Dillon said. “If I hadn't moved. I'm telling you, I shouldn't be here right now. I should be dead.”
The doctors tell him it's going to be a while before he can walk again.
“They tell me five or six months,” he said “But my goal is four months.”
Clearly, he is up to the challenge.
“I'm gonna be fine. The recovery is gonna be a long recovery. But I'm gonna be okay," said Dillion.