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Family seeks help with medical bills after wife was shot in the face

Yosmary Godkin
Posted at 9:57 AM, Feb 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 19:19:45-05

WAUWATOSA — A Wauwatosa man is asking the public for help after his wife was hit in the face by a bullet.

The incident happened on January 26 around 2:38 p.m. That's when Philip Godkin got the call that his wife had been shot.

Yosmary Godkin has a long road to recovery as she navigates life after surviving the random shooting.

Two weeks ago, Yosmary left work as an early childhood educator at Lincoln Elementary, and on the drive home, she was shot.

"I waited for the car to pass and then there was just like an explosion in my face…boom boom," said Yosmary

According to Milwaukee Police, she got caught in the middle of a shooting near 20th & Hayes and was hit.

"The shot went through the driver's side window and hit her in the face. It entered into her cheek and lodged and shattered her jawbone," said Phillip Godkin, Yosmary's husband.

At the hospital, Yosmary underwent emergency surgery and her jaw was wired shut.

"It was just splintered so badly, they couldn't really gather it together, they couldn't plate it, they couldn't put any screws in it," said Phillip.

As she continues to recover at home, Yosmary and her husband Phil face another challenge: paying for all the medical costs. Since Yosmary just started her job at Lincoln Elementary, she's not eligible for family medical leave.

"For one day in the hospital for four hours, I need to pay $10,000," said Yosmary.

Now, her husband is turning to the community for help by launching a GoFundMe, in hopes of ensuring Yosmary gets all the treatment she needs.

"It means the world, whatever anybody can pitch in. $1, $2, it all adds up," said Phil.

The last update from Milwaukee police said they were still investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting, and they were seeking unknown suspects.

If you know anything about this incident, contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

If you wish to help the family, you can donate to their GoFundMe page.

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