So horrible! Expectant mother Eva Casara, 17, was shot and robbed in a Chicago suburb on Christmas Day. Her assailants left her bleeding on the sidewalk without a chance of survival, but her unborn baby was able to be delivered alive. The very premature newborn continues to fight for her life.
Eva Casara, 17, was about 25 weeks pregnant when she was shot and left for dead by muggers in Dolton, Ill. on Dec. 25. Police found the teen barely alive, bleeding in the snow with a horrific gunshot wound to the head and transported her to a nearby hospital, where doctors were able to keep her on life support long enough to deliver her baby successfully: a little girl weighing only 1 1/2 pounds.
Pregnant Mom Shot In Head & Left For Dead, Premature Baby Delivered Safely
Eva had dropped out of high school to take care of herself and her baby-to-be, but was a bright girl who was planning to earn her GED and become a nurse before she was tragically shot and killed, according to her family.
Eva’s grandmother and guardian, Fannie Casara, does not know who would have killed the teen, and was overcome with emotion when police gave her the gruesome news. “They said they found her. They don’t know how long she had been laying there. They had shot her in the back of the head,” Fannie told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Her purse was gone, her money was gone, her iPhone was gone. Coat gone. They treated her like a dog and just shot her in the back of the head.”
Paramedics tried desperately to save Eva and her unborn baby at the hospital, but were only able to deliver the child.
Baby Fights For Life After Surviving Shooting & Premature Birth
Eva’s baby girl, whom the family named Lailani Paris Casara as Eva wanted, continues to “fight for her little life,” in critical condition at the neonatal intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Fannie.
Fannie cared for her granddaughter and plans to be there for Eva’s child as well. “She looks just like her mother,” Fannie told the Chicago Tribune. “She’s beautiful, and she’s so tiny, all those tiny fingers and toes.”
Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time.
— Maxine Studebaker