CONROE (FOX 26) - The last 12 years have been very hard for Jennifer Evans' family.
“One day I'm fine the next time a wreck,” said the Conroe resident. Her son, Garrett, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident when he was 5 and needs constant medical care. “He doesn't walk, talk, eat. He can't do anything voluntarily,” said Evans.
The now 17-year-old recently took a turn for the worse and was hospitalized for 3 straight weeks. Mom was right there by his side.
“This last hospital stay was hard I didn't want to leave the hospital,” she said.
But while she was gone someone stole the 55-hundred watt generator right out of her garage.
“It makes me very angry, infuriates me,” said Evans.
If the power ever goes out at their Conroe house, and it has before, that generator would be Garrett's lifeline or safeguard to his countless medical devices.
“Everything that goes through Garrett is through electricity,” said Brooklyn Rodgers, Garrett’s sister.
The equipment typically has a 10-hour battery life, but after that it would mean an emergency trip to the hospital.
“It's not just a crime against him, it’s a crime against all of us because it doesn't just affect him, it affects him physically but it affects us emotionally,” said Rodgers.
Jennifer is a single mother and can't afford to replace it. Generators can cost hundreds, if not more than a thousand dollars. So here's her message to whoever stole it.
“I would want to show him my son. How do you feel about yourself to steal from a child like that?”