12-year-old girl hit by car in Lawndale finds goal with life-changing injury – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – The family of a 12-year-old girl hit by a car in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood in November face a long way to go, but they find purpose even with her life-changing injury.

CBS 2’s Jacki Kostek spoke with the girl’s mother, who describes the pain of seeing her daughter in pain as something she wouldn’t wish on anyone.

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Before Michelle Billups knew what happened, she felt it.

“I had a sharp pain in my left side,” she said.

It was a Saturday night in late November. She sat on her couch with the window open, listening to the sirens sound nearby.

“I was like, ‘Ugh. It kept shooting me in the stomach and I was like, “What is this pain?” And then her best friend called me and said, ‘Emonie was hit by a car.’ And I’m like ‘What?’ “

A few blocks away, her 12-year-old daughter was lying on the sidewalk, barely alive. Emony’s 14-year-old friend was already dead. Police said the two rushed into the street and were struck by a fast-moving car. The driver was cited for failing to reduce speed and yield to pedestrians. Billups rushed to the scene, only to watch the ambulance with his daughter inside walk away. Even though Billups was shocked by the most unbearable pain of her life, there was a stroke of luck.

“When paramedics put an ID bracelet on him, 33-year-old Kostner Doe. Mount Sinai does not do pediatrics. Mount Sinai is five, six minutes from here, ”Billups said.

She believes that a misidentification may have helped save Emony’s life, bringing her more quickly into the hands of Dr. Grace Chang.

“When she arrived she was one of our sickest trauma patients. One of the most brutal injuries I’ve seen in my career, ”Chang said.

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Emonie had lost most of her blood. Her left leg was missing and her right leg was fractured. His arm was broken in two places. Emonie had injuries. Chang said most adults will not survive.

“Neither of us left her in intensive care for at least four to six hours until we knew she was sort of past that point. I told mum that these next few hours were crucial in whether she was successful, ”Chang said.

“I just lost him. I lost it, ”Billups said. “She is only 12 years old. She has so much life ahead of her. It is not his time. I’m like, “Please do all you can to save my baby. “

Dr. Chang and the Mount Sinai team did so. Once stable, Emonie was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital where she remained sedated for weeks.

“When they pulled the tubes out and took her off the ventilator and she smiled, I said, ‘You just made my heart smile,’” Billups said.

Billups thanks God that his daughter is not only alive, but also still her soft, vibrant and loving self. But as she tries to stay strong in front of her daughter, Billups worries about how the once homeless family will survive – financially, physically and emotionally. Right now there is only trust and faith and take it one day at a time.

“I know God has the last word because he wasn’t ready for you. I’ve been telling him that all this time. You have a purpose in life. You just have to understand that, ”she said.

Billups said the streetlights where his daughter and her friend were hit had been off for years. She believes the dark road contributed to the driver not seeing the children.

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CBS 2 has made a public record request asking for the number of calls and complaints made to the city over the past year, but has yet to receive a response.

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