Girl wounded in Roswell middle school shooting incurring huge medical expenses

Created: 04/28/2014 6:14 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s been over three months since 13-year-old Kendal Sanders was shot at her school.

In January, police say her classmate, 12-year-old Mason Campbell, opened fire in the gym at Berrendo Middle School, wounding two students.

Kendal was hit in the arm and torso.

She was released from the hospital shortly after the shooting, but her family says the ordeal is far from over.

Kendal’s lawyer, Tamara Brock Segal, says the teen has over 100 lead pellets still in her body that can’t be removed.

“They’re actually lodged around major organs like her lungs, liver, stomach, spine, and heart," said Brock Segal.

The lead has caused some major infections.

"So she's gotten some major infections that she’s been required actual hospitalization, IV, antibiotics,” said Brock Segal.  “And she was hospitalized on her last infection I believe for over a week."

Brock Segal says the lead permanently in Kendal’s body may affect her growth.

"And what if one gets closer to her spine as she starts to grow,” said Brock Segal.  “She might require surgery to remove one of these pellets."

It may ruin her chances for children.

“I mean that’s a huge deal, when she’s a 14-year-old girl, she may not get children potentially. I mean, imagine trying to keep lead out of children.  Imagine trying to have a child when you know you’ve got lead pellets in your body,” said Brock Segal.

Kendal has a long road ahead and will need treatment the rest of her life.

But there’s a problem.

The Sanders family has incurred nearly $200,000 in medical bills.

“She really needs physical therapy and her family cannot afford it," said Brock Segal.

Brock Segal says she’s reached out multiple times to Mason Campbell’s lawyer.

They want the Campbells to take responsibility for what Mason did.

Kendal’s lawyer says she hopes to work out an agreement, but if not, the Sander’s family plans to file a lawsuit.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 called Campbell’s attorney and did not hear back.

But Kendal’s attorney tells KOB she got a call from the attorney Monday.

The Sanders family has started a trust fund to pay for Kendal’s medical expenses.

It has been set up by her Texas Attorneys at Brock & Goetzmann PLLC.

Donations can be sent to Brock & Goetzmann, Attn: Tamara Brock Segal, 9400 N. Central Expressway, Suite 416, Dallas, TX 75231.

For more information on how you can help, call Tamara Brock Segal at (972) 757-1717.

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