Toddler shooting victim begins eating again, father says
On Monday afternoon, Sam Murphy was watching television with his family and getting ready to eat.
"I heard tires screeching and gunshots," Murphy said. "Then, I heard my daughter kind of whining and moaning-- not the way she would if she fell down-- it was different and immediately I knew."
Sam says he knew his 2-year-old daughter, who the family calls Kapua, had been hit by a stray bullet.
"When I really got concerned is when I saw blood accumulating on her shirt," Murphy said. "So, I knew something was really wrong. That's when I grabbed her and ran to the phone and called the ambulance."
Sam says as a father, in that moment, he felt helpless.
"I didn't know what I could do for my little girl," Murphy said. "As the dad, I'm always the one they look to. ‘Daddy'll do it.’ I couldn't do anything but wait."
Sam, with the help of family friends, were taking care of the kids and apartment while his girlfriend and 5-year-old daughter were in Utah for a heart procedure.
"I called my girlfriend while I was in the ambulance," Murphy said. "It was hard on her, then we lost our connection. I can't imagine what she was going through at that point. One small child going in for surgery and now this."
Once Sam arrived at Providence Children's Hospital with Kapua, he hasn't left her side.
"I haven't been back to the house," Murphy said. "I haven't seen the bullet entry or nothing. I don't care about that right now. I just care about making my daughter as comfortable as possible."
Sam and his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter had successful surgery in Utah.
"That was some good news," Murphy said. "It was good to hear that. Luckily it was evasive surgery and not open-heart surgery, that would've been bad. She's had a condition since she was 1, but doctors had to wait until she was a little older. She's been discharged, and they should be home on Monday."
In the meantime, Sam will stay by his daughter’s side and do what father's do best.
"I'm just here for her," Murphy said. "I know she's in a lot of pain. The bullet entered her left arm and went up and shattered her shoulder blade. She was sick and had a fever of 103, but that's gone now. She's getting better each day and becoming more of herself."
Although doctors were initially concerned that Kapua wasn't eating, her family said she has since started to eat again.
Sam doesn't know what will happen next. He’s not sure if his family will stay in the house or look to move somewhere else. He hopes the people who did this to his daughter are caught and that she and the family get justice. In the meantime, they'll just take things slowly, one day at a time on the road to recovery.
Family and friends and set up a GoFundMe account for the Murphys. You can help by clicking here.
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