A struggling family became the victim of a heinous crime—but when a stranger found out, she stepped up to help in a huge way.
Wendy West, from Cleveland, Texas, already has a lot on her plate. Her 16-year-old son, Brayden, was born premature and suffers from a number of medical issues, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
He has undergone dozens of surgeries, including a recent brain surgery. The frequent hospital trips have taken an emotional toll on his mother.
“It’s heart-wrenching to see your child battle every day of your life, just to be able to live,” West told KHOU.
But just as the family was at their most vulnerable, things got even worse. While their pickup truck was parked in the lot outside the hospital, thieves broke in through the window and ransacked the car.
“Everything inside it had been tossed,” West said.
Apparently these kinds of break-ins happen from time to time, targeting vulnerable families who have loved ones in the hospital.
For West, it was one more thing to worry about. The broken window was an expense she couldn’t afford on top of her son’s medical bills.
“I’m angry that I had to deal with such a situation and leave my son’s side when he was only a couple hours out of brain surgery, and desperately needed me there, and I had to stay with my truck and secure my truck,” West said.
“I hope they catch them. I hope they realize how devastating it is to a family.”
They haven’t caught who broke into West’s truck—but it turned out, she wouldn’t have to worry about replacing the window. After the story broke, a woman named Tasha Wilturner, from Pearland, stepped in to save the day.
“I feel really bad for her,” Wilturner told KHOU. “I know as long as they’re here, their medical bills are just racking up,”
So instead, Wilturner, a total stranger and a mother herself, decided to make a donation to cover the cost of the broken window.
She rushed over on her lunch break to give the money to West, who was incredibly grateful.
“If it’s okay with you, I would like to hug you now for being a blessing,” West said to Wilturner.
Criminals might still be out there taking advantage of distraught families, but it turns out there are just as many good Samaritans willing to make things right.
“I’m just overwhelmed that people care enough to help,” West said.