9-year-old was hit in the head by a stray bullet while watching TV at home.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
May 16, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner confirmed that Za’layia Jenkins, 9, died around 5:00 p.m. at Children’s Hospital from complications of a gunshot wound that she suffered in the head from a stray bullet while she watched TV on May 5. She was declared legally brain dead by a doctor and will remain in a ventilator while her family decides, if they will donate her organs.
Family members had hoped that she would survive, but Jenkins succumbed to the critical injury.
According to police, Jenkins was critically injured by a stray bullet when it struck her in the head near the 1500 block of W. Meinecke Avenue in the Northside of Milwaukee. Several groups of suspects began to exchange gunfire with each other with rifles and handguns near Jenkins home. In that incident, 40 spent shell casings from various calibers were recovered.
Jenkins would have turned 10 on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, families have been left with the decision to donate organs from legally declared brain dead victims and the victims could remain in a ventilator for as long as it takes to find a recipient. The hospitals performing organ transplants cash in on the organs and profit by medical expenses from organ recipients, but families who donate organs from a deceased family member don’t even get funeral expenses from organ recipients or those who actually benefit from the organ donations.