“fund established for young, pregnant victim of shooting”

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A reader sends from You Caring:

“According to a Washington Post Article, Lakira Renee Johnson is a 21-year old woman who was pregnant with twins. Around 10pm on August 30 as she emerged from a Northeast Washington, DC carryout store she was shot in the stomach. Police described her as a bystander who was not targeted by the gunman. Lakira went into labor unexpectedly at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. Her twins were born alive and lived long enough to be named Heaven and Nevaeh – “Heaven” spelled backward. Lakira underwent additional surgery Monday to repair damage, caused by the bullet that struck her in the stomach, that could not be addressed until after the twin’s birth. She remains hospitalized and has two other?#160;daughters, ages 3 and 7. We have established this fund to help support Lakira and her family in any way we can.”

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  • The article states, “We have established this fund to help support Lakira and her family in any way we can.” Is their a link to the fund posted somewhere? Thanks!

  • This story is horrifying. That poor woman.

  • it was unclear (to me) from the post headline and subsequent You Caring blurb, but both of the twins passed away.

    i’m also donating.

    • That’s sad. I was hoping from the post here that they had survived and had a chance of thriving.

    • The past tense is a good sign.
      “Her twins were born alive and lived long enough….”

      • Unfortunately, the odds were very much against them. The Washington Post article mentioned (in a discussion of possible charges if the shooter is found): “The District does not have a fetal homicide law, and police have put the gestational age of the twins, the length of the pregnancy, at 21 to 22 weeks, less than what doctors typically have determined to be viable.”

        • Was also going to post that the neighborhood listserv information indicated that the babies were not viable. Reports varied (second-hand information), but were all before 24 weeks, the widely-accepted *bare minimum* for viability (I got schooled on this a few years ago when a friend’s water broke at 24 1/2 weeks…he’s now a healthy and happy 3-year-old, born at 26 weeks and 2 days, with only minimal developmental delays). And 24 weeks is only viable under good circumstances…a GSW to the stomach makes the odds even worse.
          This corner has been a problem for years, and it’s a farce that it took a tragedy like this to make the powers that be take notice. NOW there’s a constant police presence there…if only all the reports of fights, public drinking, open drug dealing and use, etc., had been taken seriously even a week sooner…

      • Guess my eyes/mind skipped over that past tense – not wanting to read take in the reality.
        But then, the wording was odd, as you don’t have to be born alive to be named – plenty of parents name their fetuses/babies who die before or during birth.

  • if Lakira or her family is reading this, PLEASE get good legal advice before accepting donations if you or people in your household get any sort of public benefit. There are asset and income rules for TANF, SSI, food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and more. Make sure that the money doesn’t wind up putting you in a worse situation (for example, taking $5000 in donations but losing insurance coverage for an expensive treatment or surgery). Talk to Bread for the City, Legal Aid Society, or someone else you trust who understands public benefits.

    • Seems to be a strange assumption that she and her family are on welfare. Because she was accidentally shot by a thug and went to the hospital, she and her family are on welfare?

      • There are over 264,000 people in DC on Medicaid. That’s about 40% of District residents, and families with young kids are even more likely to be on it (48% of kids in DC have Medicaid).

        Given the medical expenses this person will have, the consequences of losing Medicaid for her or for her 3 & 7 year old kids could be enormous. It’s not bad advice. And it did say “IF you or people in your household” get some kind of benefit.

        • +1.
          Given that she had her first child at age 14 and her second at 18, she has likely had a tough time financially. Someone in that position MIGHT be able to overcome the huge odds stacked against her, but it would not be surprising for any woman who’d had two children by age 18 to be receiving some kind of government benefit.

          • Yeah, fair assumption based on age and kids’ ages – I made it. Was actually very good advice to consider benefits v. donations. Hope someone in her life advised her of this – it is fairly well-known among recipients of benefits that gifts can interfere with eligibility.

      • The poster used “if.” Chill.

    • This is a very good point.

  • [email protected] O-o … hope she makes it out okay! Glad the babies are alive and well.

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