LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton mother is asking for help from the public after a thief ransacked her vehicle and stole her sons' medical supplies.
It happened last weekend in the driveway of the family's home near Northwest Winfield Circle and Euclid Avenue. The thief left behind money and other valuables inside the vehicle, but took off with a diaper bag full of medical supplies. The family uses the equipment to care for their two teenage sons.
Deon Nelson's sons, Kenny and Ricky, have Hunter syndrome, which affects their ability to walk, talk and stunts their growth.
"I just got really mad. I was just like how could somebody take from a child? A disabled child at that. Who does that? I just don't understand it," said Nelson.
Nelson says some of the things that were stolen were paid for by insurance, but now they will have to pay for them out of pocket.
"It had suction catheters. It had breathing treatment meds. It had nebulizer kits and masks and stuff for their breathing treatments, and a bunch of other stuff. I mean, there was a lot of stuff in that bag," Nelson said.
There was also a portable suction machine stolen that she used to keep her son Kenny's trach clean, so he can breathe.
"If he starts choking or gagging, he can't get it up on his own, we have to suction. I have had to use a straw once because my suction machine stopped working, but they are life saving for them," she said.
The family had only had Kenny's new portable suction machine for about three months before it was stolen. Nelson says the street light on the corner has been out for the last two months. She believes that made it easier for the person to break into her car.
"Most of the time, this whole corner is dark. It stays dark and a lot of times over there that light too is out, so this whole area stays pretty much pitch black at night," she said.
Nelson says she doesn't believe the equipment will be found, but if the person who stole it still has it they can drop it on her porch, no questions asked.
The Nelson family spends about $7,500 per son on treatment for their condition every week.