Kaden Irizarry's jaw is wired shut. There is a .22-caliber bullet still lodged in his mouth, his back, and his shoulder.
"They couldn't take any out because there in so many pieces, it'll do more damage," the 15-year-old said.
Irizarry is facing many months of recovery.
"I feel I'm going to live with this for the rest of my life," he said.
It was all after a fateful encounter Thursday with a 17-year-old on Aberdeen Avenue in New Port Richey. Deputies said the argument was over money for a cell phone.
"He had a nice phone so I asked what kind of phone it was, he ignored me. I said OK, be like that. As soon as I started riding way I heard a click, turned around and saw gun pointed at my head," he recalled.
"The whole time, I was speeding to where he was shot. I just lost my mom two months ago; I didn't want to lose my son, too," said his mother, Rhonda Price.
At the time, Sheriff Chris Nocco cited the case as another statistic in the growing teen crime rate. He noted both had previous arrests.
Irizarry called his alleged robbery of an elderly person, a regrettable snatch-and-grab committed by him and a friend.
"I felt like a horrible person after that. I didn't know what to do," he said.
The 17-year-old who shot Kaden has been charged with attempted murder. He told deputies he bought the gun on the streets for $40.