June 25, 2009

Bad News

I knew something was wrong when I saw a missed call from Corey at 7:30 AM today. Although I am already at work by then, Corey's usually just waking up. It was one of those moments when your heart begins to pound because you just know something isn't right.

When I texted him back, he told me something happened with his nephew, Kenny. This boy has been caught in the middle of drama since about the time Corey and I met. Things have gotten progressively worse over the years, but I was still shocked to hear what happened when I called Corey during my break: Kenny has been shot in the mouth!

He's currently at Northwestern waiting for a bed in ICU. He's sedated and has a breathing tube, so we can't exactly ask him what happened. What the police have been able to gather is that he was riding a bike to a a friend's house around 3:00 AM (I know... what was he doing on the streets of Chicago at that time?) when he was shot.

At this point, it looks like he will have surgery tomorrow. Why it takes so long, I have no idea. From initial inspection, it looks like the bullet went into one cheek and out the other. He has a bunch of facial fractures and his tongue is pretty messed up, but it doesn't look like there will be any brain damage. Of course, we will know more tomorrow after the doctors are able to get him into surgery and really assess the situation.

Please keep Kenny, his family, and the medical staff in your prayers.

1 comment:

  1. My prayers are with you and your loved ones at this time, Erin.