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Odessa barber returns to work five months after getting shot

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 4:46 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - There are many steps to recovery. Frankie Lujan’s have been literal.

“Three weeks ago, it was hard to even stand up,” Lujan said.

But he’s standing and working now.

“It’s definitely night and day, then until now.”

Lujan was one of two people injured during a home break-in back in February. He was shot once in the stomach and once in the leg, the latter causing severe nerve damage. The damage stopped him from walking and working.

That posed a problem for his barbershop, King Kutz, which struggled in his absence.

“There were a few times where we were just like, ‘maybe we should just close the doors and get out of it while we can’,” he said.

But like his injury, Lujan persevered. He went from his bed, to a wheelchair, to a walker.

Now that walker is in the rearview mirror.

“It’s a big step to come here without it and to finish the day without it,” he said.

Lujan says he can stand for a couple of hours, or what he calls about four haircuts back-to-back. He still isn’t able to work a full week, and he thinks he’s lost about 50 pounds. So, there’s still room for improvement.

“I’m far from 100%, that’s for sure.”

But with business growing, Lujan is prepared to push himself further both physically and professionally.

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