The family of a little boy who lived through a horrible experience needs your help to give him a merry Christmas this year.
Ryland Ward was one of the youngest survivors of last month’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Ryland lost his mother and two of his sisters in the attack, and was shot five times – once in the elbow, twice in the stomach, and twice in the leg.
The 5-year-old has already been through more surgeries and treatments than most adults to help him recover. He was put on life support machines, including a breathing tube, had a stint placed in his kidney, and needed skin grafts. Ryland will also need to use a wheelchair for months once he’s sent home from the hospital.
While his family expected Ryland would be home for Christmas, trouble with the young boy’s kidney and shattered femur mean he’ll spend the holidays in a hospital bed.
Ryland’s grandmother, Sandy Ward, reveals that he hasn’t even heard the worst news yet. “They still haven’t told him yet that his mom and sisters are dead,” she explained to KSAT 12, “but I’m sure he’s kind of getting some kind of idea because he’s 5.”
It’s clear that this tough little guy could use a Christmas pick-me-up, and his family wants your help to make his holidays merry and bright.