LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A foster child had his ventilator and medical equipment stolen in the Shelby Park neighborhood near South Preston and Camp Streets on Wednesday.
The video captures the moments after two people allegedly broke into Devon Wade’s car. Wade is the adoptive mother of a 20 month old child with respiratory complications.
“It was just part of their day to take these items from this kid,” Wade said.
She described the people in the video as they slowly walk away with her adopted son’s medical equipment; ventilator, medication and changing bag.
Wade said his neighbor spotted two women: one on a bicycle and one on foot, walking to Wade’s car, opening it and taking everything in the front seat.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m., just minutes before Wade took his adopted son to a hospital in Lexington.
“I hope in my heart, if they knew what they took from him, that they wouldn’t have done this,” Wade said. “But, it’s just disappointing, just to take it from him. He has been through so much.
By Friday, Wade and his adopted son had spent the last three days of the year in a Lexington hospital.
Wade said she wanted the audience to keep an eye out and be able to recognize the people in this video, or even the equipment. She says the fan and accompanying equipment cost over $ 8,000 to replace.
“Where our hearts lie was to be medically complex foster parents,” Wade said. “It’s incredibly difficult. Children need it and families need it too.
Wade filed a police report. To submit tips, call 574-LMPD (5673) or report via LMPD online portal.
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