San Saba 5-year-old still fighting to recover following Texas church massacre

SAN SABA, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A San Saba 5-year-old is still hospitalized with multiple injuries one month after surviving a massacre that killed nearly 30 people at a church in south Texas.

WOAI reports Ryland Ward was shot 5 times when Devin Kelley, 26, opened fire inside the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church on November 5, 2017. 

"Bullets shattered his femur, damaged his left arm, kidney and bladder, and left a physical and emotional toll," the WOAI report explains

The news station says Ryland continues to recover in an intensive care unit, where he will likely spend the holidays and his upcoming 6th birthday. 

Ryland's stepmother, Joann Ward, and his two sisters, Brooke Ward and Emily Garza, did not survive the shooting, according to a Dallas Morning News report

A GoFundMePage has been established to offset medical costs Ryland will accrue as undergoes several surgeries to correct damage done to his elbow, stomach, and legs. 

Donations are also being accepted on Ryland's behalf at the Commercial National Bank in San Saba or they can be mailed to P.O. Box 995, San Saba, Texas, 76877. 

26 people total, including Ryland's family. lost their lives during the gunfire. 

Investigators are still trying to determine what led Kelley to commit such an unthinkable crime. 


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