Earlier this month Laporsha Lawson and her severely disabled son, Khai’Lee Sampson, lost their home suddenly and violently in the Baltimore Riots when the liquor store adjacent to their house was set ablaze. Laporsha was able to rush to Khai’Lee out of his upstairs bedroom before the fire engulfed the entire home and the roof collapsed.
Khai’Lee has a highly-customized wheelchair that helps him sit upright. He also relies on a machine to pump oxygen into his lungs when he stops breathing at night. All of this vital medical equipment along with his feeding tubes, clothes, and personal possessions were also destroyed. Khai’Lee is seven years old with extremely delicate lungs. Without his mother’s fast action, it is unlikely he would have survived the fire.
Lawson and Khai’Lee have been staying with her parents since the fire. Space is tight as other members of the extended family are also living at the residence. Piles of clothes and diapers have already been donated and brought to the home. K’hai Lee developed cerebral palsy from being deprived of oxygen during an asthma attack at 18 months old. He lost his ability to lose his limbs and his ability to speak.
Lawson hopes to move into another apartment home soon. She wishes she could sneak back into her old house and see if anything is salvageable. Among things that are lost are K’hai’s favorite rocking chair and his baby book.
She did not have rental insurance. The Baer School, the Bea Gaddy Family Center and others have brought so many donations that Lawson rented a storage unit to hold them. Khai’Lee’s father, whom Lawson split up with years ago, has pitched in to help, as have many relatives and neighbors. An Indiegogo campaign has raised over $28,000, but it will take far more to replace the medical equipment, even with insurance. We hope you will consider donating to them!