Redbud, deadbud? A celebration

I begged pretty-please for this Forest Pansy Redbud with a broken top from work. I figured it was worth a shot but boy, what a massive flaw.
When I got him he had no verticality at all, but with a length of vintage elastic and moving that elastic every few weeks he's looking up... and yeah, that was a pun.

I didn't get it planted as soon as I 'd hoped, it was hot and defoliated... and the planting process was brutal on all that were involved. I do believe it's still alive. I think it's budding up...