'Baby Izaiah' in new film highlighting dangers of drinking and driving
Izaiah Wallis left paralyzed after DUI crash
Last Updated: 211 days ago
VISTA, Calif. - A new film featuring "Baby Izaiah" aims to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving.
Izaiah Wallis – who San Diegans have come to know as "Baby Izaiah" – is no longer a baby. He is almost three years old and loves to watch animated films. Now, he is actually in a short film made by a family member.
"I wanted people to see what happened to Izaiah and hopefully this will hit home," said filmmaker Shawn Rosemund, who is also Izaiah's cousin.
The film is about a day in the life of the Wallis family. The theme is clear.
"It's just devastating and you just don't know what you would put a family through until you actually see it through someone else's eyes," said Izaiah's father, Jacob Wallis.
A little more than two years ago, Izaiah's grandfather was taking him out for a walk in a stroller in Oceanside when a drunken teenage driver slammed into them.
Izaiah's grandfather was OK, but Izaiah was left paralyzed from the neck down.
The film's theme song was written and performed by Wallis. He and Rosemund hope the film will remind people to think twice about drinking and driving this holiday season.
"In the song I say, 'You can call a friend or a taxi,'" said Wallis. "You don't have to get in the car, you don't have to turn on the key, the ignition and drive off."
Today, Izaiah is doing well. He can now move his hands, arms, neck and he is getting some feeling back in his legs and toes.
Izaiah lives in a home in Vista that was donated to his family thanks to the generosity of San Diegans. The film also thanks them.
"I just want to thank San Diego for all the support," said Wallis.
The film was shot in three days and is 30 minutes long. Visit ASongForMySon.com to see the film. They hope to have 1 million views by Christmas.
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