GoFundMe Campaign For Infant Attacked By Raccoon Will Secure A New Home
After four-month-old Journi Black was viciously attacked by a raccoon in Philadelphia last week, hope for her and her family is on the horizon thanks to a fundraising campaign. Initially, the initiative via GoFundMe was set up to help the family with rent money to move to a safer home, the New York Daily News reports.
The campaign’s goal was to reach $2,000, but surprisingly it reached a hefty $23,925 at press time in just three days. The infant's mother, Ashley Rodgers, says she’s overwhelmed with gratitude because she didn’t expect to receive this much support.
Journi was reportedly dragged out of bed by a raccoon, and suffered major injuries to her face resulting in a four-hour surgery that required a total of 65 stitches across her forehead and other facial areas.
Tenants at the residence reportedly complained of the animals being around the property. Ironically, on the same day the infant was attacked, Rodgers had informed the landlord she had seen one of the animals around.
Because of her financial situation, Rodgers who is a security guard, was forced to live there with her two children, at $375 a month. “We are just taking it one day at a time,” Journi’s father, Sam Black, said. “My focus is getting my daughter back to full strength and making sure her scars and everything is healed so she can live the rest of her life beautiful.”
According to The Root, the owner of the property was reprimanded for breaching a zoning violation, and ordered to obtain a rental license and repair the damages of the building. It’s still not clear when Journi will be released from the hospital, but a steady recovery is on the way.