"...They asked for soccer sign-ups and since I can't play baseball I raised my hand to play soccer," he said. "But the teacher shook their head, and I just took my hand down."
His mother said she gave in to his request for a puppy for his birthday, thinking it might help him recover but so far they haven't really bonded.
"He's tried but she is just so frisky and she scares him," Sims said.
After he recovers from the upcoming surgery, Sims said she plans to take Garrett and the puppy to a dog trainer to help them bond and help her son learn to trust dogs again.
"I hope it will be good therapy for him," she says. "It's just one of the things we're going to have to work on."