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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) — In August 2023, a mass shooting in Lafayette that left an 18-month-old child dead and five others injured rocked the community.

Two Lafayette police officers were also seriously injured in the shooting that killed young Kaci Cyprian. One of those officers, Hali Bradford, faces a long, painful and expensive rehabilitation for her injuries, for which she will have to pay thousands of dollars out of her own pocket.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Bradford get back on his feet.

The shooting, which occurred three weeks after her wedding and two days before her 25th birthday, resulted in a six-hour emergency surgery and permanent paralysis of her left foot. Therapies covered by her health insurance proved unsuccessful 10 months after the incident.

Bradford has found a doctor in Lake Charles, Dr. Kyle Daigle, who specializes in the injuries she is suffering from. She recently completed her first week of treatment and has regained some mobility since then, more progress than with any other treatment.

She and her husband, Adam, are both police officers with the Lafayette Police Department whose accident insurance does not cover the treatment.

An anonymous donor has covered the cost of the first week of therapy, but according to the GoFundMe post, Bradford will have to pay the costs out of pocket, totaling about $1,500 to $2,000 per week, with treatment lasting at least a year or more. In addition to the cost of weekly doctor visits, other household equipment will also need to be purchased.

“She wants to continue on her path, grow her family, become the competitive CrossFit athlete she once was, and eventually return to full-time duty as a police officer to continue doing what she loves: serving and protecting the citizens of her city,” the post said.

The goal of the GoFundMe campaign is to raise $50,000. As of early Thursday afternoon, $6,305 had already been raised from 78 donors.

If you would like to donate, click here.

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