Youngest Oklahoma City Bombing Survivor Celebrates Special Milestone Night

Monday, May 2nd 2011, 12:40 am
By: News 9

Jon Jordan, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's one of P.J. Allen's biggest nights of his life, his high school prom.

"This marks a celebration of working hard through high school and enjoying one last night before I graduate," Allen said.

But Allen hasn't just had to work hard in school. The Bishop McGuiness senior has worked hard just to be able to breathe.

"It has been a long road," Allen said.

Allen was not even 2 years old on April 19, 1995-- the day the Murrah building was bombed. Allen was at the America's Kids Daycare when the bombed went off. He survived when he was thrown from the building but suffered burns all over his body. He is the Oklahoma City bombing's youngest survivor.

"Life did not deal P.J. a real good hand," said Deloris Watson, P.J.'s grandmother.

Deloris has been by her grandson's side through it all-- the long nights at the hospital wondering if he was going to survive, to the day he got his tracheotomy tube, which fed oxygen to Allen for over 9 years, removed.

"I am so proud of P.J. It's exciting to me, I am probably as excited as he is for his prom," Watson said.

And so is Allen, who called his prom one of the biggest nights of life, a life he assures himself and others will be a long and productive life.

"What I have going is just the beginning. I look forward to the future," Allen said.

After Allen graduates in a couple of weeks, he said he plans on going to Oklahoma State University.