Last week, two young boys in Houston were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting. Manuel Jimenez, 11, was shot while sleeping and has been in the hospital ever since. His 6-year-old brother, Moises, died. Manuel has been hooked up to a breathing apparatus and was unable to walk for several days.
And then, unbeknownst to both him and his family, a surprise visitor walked in. It was his favorite player, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. As his mother describes to KPRC, Watt's arrival was a very emotional moment for the young boy.
"It was hard to see him so sad," the mother said. "Now we see him -- he's smiling."
Watt spent several hours hanging out with Manuel and playing video games.
"They were playing the Wii," said Manuel's mother. "They were playing video games and he was signing autographs for him."
Since Watt's visit, Manuel has been able to get up on his feet and walk. Perhaps Watt's visit will continue to serve as inspiration in the future: Manuel said he wants to become a football player.