Gunned down by a "family" friend

Gunned down by a "family" friend

From Jenn Williams

My cousin was shot 3 times by her friend's son. Stable but critical. She's had 3 surgeries; they removed her spleen, kidneys failing and now on dialysis. Long recovery ahead and we unfortunately need support. Thank you.

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Soooo, wow where do I start...

Last Friday, my cousin was at the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe the right place depending on how you look at this story. 

My cousin, Michelle, despite being in a vulnerable state herself, using a cane for mobility, went to protect her lifelong friend – a friend who was recovering from a medical condition, scarcely able to walk, and living in fear of her own son's violent tendencies. With valor that only mothers possess, Michelle was the first to face the bullets as she stood between death and her friend. Tragically, they were both gunned down in cold blood, at close range in her friend's own home.

Who is Michelle?

To the community, she's a savior, continuously lifting young women out of domestic abuse and preventing homelessness. To her family, she's everything – a loving mother of three boys, a fierce grandmother to two grandchildren, and an unwavering pillar of support. Her acts of service have been plentiful over the years.

The Road to Recovery

Currently, Michelle battles in the ICU after being shot multiple times – in her abdomen and both legs. The medical complications are daunting: spleen removal, dialysis due to kidney failure, a blood clot in her brain demanding specialized neurological care, a broken knee needing surgeries and extended physical therapy and more.

Why Are We Asking for Support?

She has limited health insurance, and it will not cover her overwhelming mounting medical bills and expenses.  Our goal is $100,000 to ensure she receives top-tier medical care:

- Extended ICU stays and post-hospital care

- Multiple surgeries, including specialized neurological procedures

- Dialysis and subsequent treatments

- Rehabilitation for her shattered knee and overall recovery

- Essential medical equipment and home modifications

We appreciate any assistance you can extend throughout this extremely difficult time. All we can say is thank you. 

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