A Louisville, Ky. family had raised over $1,100 for a surgery to help its 18-month-old daughter when the family was robbed by three armed men early Tuesday morning, stripping them of all their savings. Mom Melissa Woods had worked to raise the money via benefits and T-shirt sales for the young Marissa, who now has a pulmonary artery.
"(She spent) the first six months (in the hospital), then she got to go home for two days," Melissa Woods told WLKY. The toddler has already undergone 14 surgeries for her congenital heart defect at Kosair Children's Hospital, and she needs more (which require more money).
Woods said the money was going to help pay for another treatment that doctors at Boston's Children's Hospital had devised for her daughter. "It's not like I was saving money to take her on a vacation that she was going to enjoy. We're going 974 miles away to something that we don't know she's coming back from," said Woods.
While police say the case is under investigation, all Melissa Woods and her daughter can do now is wait. "She's happy, she's really happy, and that helps me every day to get through," said Woods.