Local church hosts fundraiser to pay toddler’s medical bills after suffering brain damage, other injuries
Kilah Davenport, a 3-year-old-girl from Charlotte, spent more than 60 days in the hospital after her stepfather allegedly threw her into a wall, breaking her collarbone and causing brain damage.
The toddler had half her skull removed and doctors will not be able to perform the surgery to reattach her skull until her brain recovers to the point it’s safe to perform another surgery.
When Kathy Webb heard about Kilah’s struggle, she knew she had to do something. So she helped organize a fundraiser at her church Crown Point Covenant.
The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the church, 3628 Margaret Wallace Road in Charlotte, with proceeds to help pay Kilah’s medical bills and more. The event will include live music, barbecue and more.
Kilah and her family will attend the event and tell their story first hand.
During Kilah’s first nights at the hospital, her family was told she would be brain dead, but now she is responding better than doctors ever imagined.
“It’s still early to say what all she will never be able to do, but just in therapy today she took five steps. She is responding to commands and hearing voices. She is coming to the point where she is recognizing emotion in front of her and all of that is good. It’s just one step closer,” Webb said.
“I went before our church, and we made a video of Kilah and showed it to (church members). We decided to do this fundraiser to raise money for her expenses. Not just medical expenses, but they have to redo their home,” Webb said, adding the family will have to renovate their house to accommodate Kilah’s wheelchair.
During the event, discussion about “Kilah’s Law” will take place. Local officials will introduce the law and all of the repercussions that will come along with it.
“People need to be aware that this has been happening all of the time,” Webb said of the alleged abuse. “We want to be the voice and push back against this.”
According to Webb this new proposed law will bring stricter punishment for similar crimes.
According to the proposed Kilah’s Law, those who commit child abuse would have to register in a database like sex offenders and the maximum jail time would be 25 years instead of the 44 months now in place, Webb said.
Details of the case are not being released, but Kilah’s stepfather is accused of child abuse and neglect for waiting about five hours before calling an ambulance to help Kilah.
“Because her mother didn’t know anything she gave the detective the OK to go in the house, and when they went in there they saw (Kilah’s) hair still in the sheet rock,” Webb said. Her stepfather was the only one with her at the time of the incident and first told the police she had fallen and hit her head, Webb said.
Now that Kilah has returned home, her grandparents moved in to help take care of her and her mother, who is six months pregnant. Kilah’s mother is an EMT, her grandfather a firefighter and her grandmother is a surgical nurse.
Want to help?
Crown Point Covenant Church in Matthews will host a fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the church, 3628 Margaret Wallace Road, with proceeds to help pay Kilah’s medical bills and more. The event will include live music, barbecue and more.
For more information, call 704-569-5262 or 704-661-5046.
Ciera Choate, Ciera@unioncountyweekly.com