Brookdale nurse in critical condition in ICU after Las Vegas shooting
In this 2016 photo Andrew Campas shared on his GoFundMe page, Jennifer Campas is pictured with niece Victoria Rose Campas.
Jennifer Campas, 40, a head nurse at Brookdale Anaheim, an assisted living and memory care community in California, remained in critical condition on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas after being injured in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that occurred at a country music festival in the city.
Gunman Stephen Paddock, from a window in his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, shot and killed 58 people attending the nearby Route 91 Harvest concert and injured more than 500 people before killing himself, according to local authorities.
Campas was struck below an eye as she tried to flee the gunfire, and her jawbone was fractured, one of her two brothers, Andrew, wrote on a GoFundMe page aiming to raise the tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills he said she will face, even after insurance payments, for the numerous reconstructive surgeries she will need to undergo.
“It hurts us to see anyone, especially one of our own, deal with something so unimaginable,” Steve Flynt, divisional president for Brookdale Senior Living, told McKnight's Senior Living. “Jennifer is the type of person who is always smiling. She loves taking care of our residents, and they adore her. We are all optimistic that she will recover and look forward to welcoming her back to the community again.”
The bullet damaged Jennifer Campas' optic nerve, and she likely will lose sight in her right eye, Andrew Campas told the Whittier Daily News.
“However luck and God was on our side by missing her brain and causing irreversible permanent damage,” he wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Andrew Campas wrote that his sister, a nurse for more than 20 years, is the main provider for her 16-year-old son, Leonardo, as well as their mother, who is retired. All of them live in Whittier, CA.
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $11,000 of the campaign's $50,000 goal had been raised.
A Las Vegas Victims' Fund also has been set up on the GoFundMe website; as of Tuesday afternoon, more than $10 million of its $15 million goal had been raised. Additionally, the MGM Resorts Foundation has set up a fund for shooting victims and their families as well as organizations that support first responders. Mandalay Bay is an MGM resort.
Oct. 13 update: Jennifer Campas has been moved to the intermediate care unit of the hospital. Her brother's GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $15,000.