ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/FOX 24) – After the August 31st Mass Shooting, many were left with one question. Why?
According to authorities, the gunman had mental health issues. Now, one family affected by the shooting is working to raise awareness regarding mental health and health care for children in the Permian Basin.
“You never think it’s going to happen to you, but when it does, I pray we have the resources needed to take care of your baby,” said Kelby Davis, daughter injured in a mass shooting.
Kelby Davis knows her family’s story could have had a much different ending, one without little Anderson still here today.
“I want to live in a community that can take care of young children. I understand, there’s so much that goes into that,” said Kelby Davis.
The Odessa mother praises the doctors and nurses at Medical Center Hospital. They did everything they could to help Anderson, but she needed more.
“When your baby is so sick that they need to be in an intensive care unit, the closest is Lubbock,” said Kelby Davis.
“There was a storm around the Lubbock area. They weren’t sure if they were going to go there. They weren’t sure if they were going to be able to carry enough fuel to make it to El Paso,” said Kelby Davis. “We were kind of at a standstill. Then, the storm cleared, and we were able to put her on a helicopter without us to go to Lubbock.”
She and her husband have also transformed their pain into platforms for making a difference when it comes to mental health.
“There is a lot to be said about mental health, and there is a stigma with mental health. I think people are afraid to get help. I think people need to know if you need help, get help. It’s not worth your own life, and it’s not worth other people’s lives,” said Garret Davis, daughter injured in a mass shooting.
“I do pray we’re a community that can support people that are dealing with demons inside of them, and dealing with evil,” said Kelby Davis.