Unborn Child Lives after Mother is Shot in the Head
This story is the perfect example of when a tragedy turns into a miracle. An unborn child lives after a pregnant 17-year-old girl was shot in the back of the head on Christmas Day. The child was born three months premature but is expected to live, although they will sadly never be able to meet their mother.
Eva Casara was just 17-years-old when she was shot on Christmas Day. Police found her severely injured and laying between two homes in Dolton, Illinois. Doctors were able to keep her alive long enough to deliver the premature baby via a cesarean.
“She’s fighting for her life. She weighs only about a pound and a half,” Eva’s grandmother Fannie Casara told the Chicago Sun-Times per the Christian Post Reporter. “They said they found her. They didn’t know how long she had been laying there. They had shot her in the back of the head. Her purse was gone, her money was gone, her iPhone was gone…coat gone. They treated her like a dog and just shot her in the back of the head,” she said of the police announcement.
The survivor, a baby girl, was named Lailani Paris Casara. She is currently being taken care of in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her family and people around the world are praying she survives amid her turbulent entrance into the world.
“She looks just like her mother. She’s beautiful, and she’s so tiny, all those tiny fingers and toes,” Fannie told the Chicago Tribune.
Two boys, one a juvenile the other a 21-year-old man, have been charged in the shooting death. Anthony Lee, 16, who is said to be the late teen’s boyfriend and the father of the child was charged with first-degree murder alongside his 21-year-old brother Diante Lamont Coakley, according to Dolton Police Chief John Franklin.
Both brothers are currently being held without bond.
Eva Casara was just 17 when her live was taken, yet her legacy continues as her unborn child lives.