Long road to recovery for teen paralyzed in Cole Harbour shooting
Ashley McLean-Kearse continues her long road toward recovery after she was shot and paralyzed in a home invasion in Cole Harbour, N.S., last year.
There has been more trouble for the family recently. Ashley’s father was badly injured in an accident and is unable to work.
“I’m a roofer, and I slipped off a ladder and hit the ground,” said Gary Kearse. “I broke my back and shattered my heel.”
Gary Kearse is self-employed, and he’s not sure when he will be able to work again. He is the family’s sole provider. Family and friends are trying to help by holding a fundraising auction on Saturday.
“It’s really hard on the family, so we’re here trying to help out a little bit and raise a bit of money to see if we can make it a bit easier on them,” said family friend Derek Baker.
Ashley was one of three people shot in a violent home invasion in Cole Harbour. She was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Four people have been charged with attempted murder in the case.
Ashley has been working hard in therapy, hoping to one day get out of her wheelchair. But for now, the family needs to make adjustments to their home so she can get around.
“I’m going to need a wet chair for showers, a manual chair so I can start scooting around myself, (and) a ramp to get into my house,” Ashley said.
The renovations to the home will total more than $30,000. The group hoped to raise $13,000 on Saturday.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Ron Shaw