10-year-old shooting victim battles infection as bills rise - KCTV5

10-year-old shooting victim battles infection as medical bills mount

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A 10-year-old shooting victim is in a hospital battling a serious infection from his injuries as his family grapples with paying for his mounting medical bills.

"One day we're praising and we're happy and we're thinking that he's getting better, and the next day he takes two steps backwards," said the boy's aunt, Ky Martin.

K.C. Curry, 34, was shot to death when a gunman fired shots into a car parked at a gas station in the 4500 block of Cleveland Avenue. A bullet struck his 10-year-old son's spine. Ka Vyea Tyson Curry, 10, will have to learn to walk again, and he underwent surgery Monday after one of his lungs collapsed and the second filled with fluid. He underwent surgery again on Tuesday.

A 5-year-old wasn't injured by the gunfire but is needing counseling after witnessing the horror.

Ka Vyea is battling a lung infection and is hooked up to a breathing machine. Because of the lung infection, doctors haven't been able to do much to treat the bullet that struck his spine and can't fit him with a body cast. Physicians are optimistic that the boy will be able to walk again, but he faces extensive rehabilitation that will take months. He will have to wear a cast for years.

"He's got a long haul ahead of him. He's a strong young man and I know he'll pull through this," family friend Briana Williams said. "But it's not going to be easy."

Faced with the rising medical costs, the family is exploring setting up a fund for donations.

"He's going to have long-term care," Ky Martin said. "This is not something that's going to happen overnight. This is something he's going to live with for the rest of his life. It's going to be a long road."

The family is grateful for the support. They met this weekend to share their appreciation with a woman who was at the scene of the shooting, called 911 and stayed with him until paramedics arrived.

The injured boy's mother hasn't left Children's Mercy Hospital since Friday night.

Police have not zeroed in on a suspect in the case. They released surveillance video showing the suspected gunman and are asking anyone with information to call police or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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