Her name is Shannen Phua. She is my friend Shirley Padron’s best friend. She’s turning eighteen this year and graduating high school soon. She is also currently one of Belmont’s Varsity cheerleaders. Through my eyes she is one of Belmont’s most talented cheerleaders especially since she is their main flyer. Her personality is filled with spirit and dedication to cheer. She is one of the nicest girls you can ever meet. She gets along with everyone and she’s an individual that everyone can count on.
Shirley and Shannen has known each other for many years now. They’ve spent the happiest and saddest moments of their lives together. Shannen is Shirley’s everything, her other half, and most of all, her best friend.
I’m asking you to help me pray for Shannen.
Last night, Shirley and Shannen were at a house party in South Central, Los Angeles. Suddenly, while everyone was having fun dancing, a shooting broke out. Shannen was struck by a stray bullet. It stroke her neck and went into her spinal cord. Shirley ran to her best friend, Shannen as she layed on the floor bleeding. Shirley covered Shannen’s wound with her hand as she listened to her best friend say, “I’m going to die.” Everyone ran away from the scene and out of the house party. Shirley screamed and yelled for help but no one stopped to help. She stayed with her best friend until the ambulance arrived and separated them. Shirley stayed in the hospital, waiting, until the doctors and nurses told her it was okay to go home. She arrived home with her clothes soaked in her best friend’s blood, eyes swollen with tears, and mascara running down her face. Shannen remained in the hospital’s emergency room until morning. Shirley saw Shannen lying on her hospital bed unable to move or speak. Her little, fragile body was stiff and swollen.
We don’t know if Shannen can get out of this. An MRI was conducted today and the bullet is still in her spinal cord. Doctors are not sure if they should surgically remove the bullet because they fear that such actions will damage Shannen more and can leave her paralyzed for the rest of her life. She can no longer be a flyer or a cheerleader. Any bad fall or if she possibly gets hit with any unanimous object will mess her up. She’s currently in the ICU of the hospital she is staying in where she is connected to many wires everywhere and is in delicate condition.
Shirley did everything to help her and now it’s God’s turn to make a miracle happen.
When I read shirley’s post about the incident on tumblr, I couldn’t help but cry.
I’m praying for Shannen and you should too! I want her to go home in good condition. I want her to be back in Shirley’s arms.
Please help me and Shirley pray for Shannen!