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A young survivor of the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting faces a long road to recovery.
Ryland Ward was shot five times inside First Baptist Church last month.
The 5-year-old also faces a holiday without his mother and two of his siblings, all of whom died in the mass shooting.
The boy was shot five times in the elbow, stomach and leg, and is having issues with his kidney and a shattered femur. Doctors are hopeful that he can head home in six to eight weeks, which means he’ll spend the holidays in the hospital. To help lift his spirits, he’s requested holiday cards be sent to him with photos of pets or a $1 inside.
The boy is still in the hospital six weeks after the shooting, and his family says he will still need more time to heal before heading home.
The family made a call to the public to help make the boy’s holiday brighter while he recovers. As reported by KSAT, the family is appealing for Christmas cards with a dollar bill to Ryland.
“You got so many nice people that are sending a card and a dollar to Ryland,” Sandy Ward, Ryland’s grandmother, told KSAT. “He does really enjoy that a lot.”
The family wants to get the boy a go-kart for Christmas.
Christmas cards can be sent to:
Ryland Ward, P.O. Box 174, Sutherland Springs, TX 78161.
A GoFundMe account is also active for the child. You can make a donation at the crowdfund site.
As of Tuesday, the GoFundMe drew more than $132,000 of its $200,000 goal to pay for the boy’s medical expenses.
A comment I read sums this up better than most, “A child victim has to raise money for medical expenses to treat injuries he received in a mass shooting, only in America.”
Why in the hell isn’t the government footing the bill for the shooting victims?
- 26 people were killed at First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities said. The shooter fled and was pursued by a resident and police but was found dead after running his car off the road.
- Law enforcement officials identified the alleged gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of neighboring Comal County, Texas.
- Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 on two charges of assaulting his spouse and their child, a U.S. Air Force spokeswoman confirmed. He was confined for a year, reduced in rank to airman basic E-1 and given a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
Surviving members of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs gathered as a congregation Sunday for the first time since a massacre took 26 of their fellow parishioners’ lives a week ago.
Organizers of the memorial service said they’d first planned to gather inside a local community center, but soon realized there wasn’t enough room for the hundreds of people who planned to attend — so they moved the event to a local baseball park.
Hundreds of folding chairs were set up on the field under a white tent, with the first three rows reserved for members of First Baptist Church and their families.
Other churches provided prayer cloths and small wooden crosses, while mental health organizations provided tissues and therapy dogs.
The church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, whose daughter, Annabelle, was one of the victims, led the service. Her funeral is scheduled for Monday.
“I say we choose light,” Pomeroy told the mourners. “Not the darkness that the gunman did.”
H/T FOX NEWS
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