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Family of innocent teen injured in gang-related shooting needs help

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The family of a teen severely injured in a gang-related shooting says they need help. It's been almost three years since Keoshia Ford was an innocent victim of gang violence.          

The 13-year-old was near a block party on Bennett Avenue in March 2012 when she was caught in the crossfire of a rival gang shoot-out.

Ford was shot in the head. She fought for her life in the hospital, but her brain injury was devastating -- leaving her unable to walk or talk. The teen requires care 24/7.

Her family and nurses say that while TennCare covers some of the medical costs, it's a struggle paying for other basic supplies.

The community held a donation drive a couple years ago, but the family says they need help again.

They're requesting donations for Keoshia's medical needs, like diapers, baby wipes and other basic items.

Anyone who wants to help should call Keoshia's mother, LeKeshia, at (423) 664-6722.

Donations may also be dropped off at Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga at 740 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. between 9 and 5 p.m.

Full list of requested donations:

  • adult size extra-large diapers (NOT pull-ups)
  • toilet paper
  • hand soap
  • paper towels
  • bath towels
  • trash bags
  • peroxide
  • toothettes
  • bottled water
  • laundry detergent
  • saline bullets
  • q-tips
  • wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • 4x4 split gauze
  • a&d ointment
  • baby shampoo
  • alcohol swabs
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