Woman injured in Danforth shooting may never walk again, mother says
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Monday, July 30, 2018 6:45AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 30, 2018 10:52AM EDT
The mother of one of the victims shot in the deadly attack on the Danforth last weekend said she fears her daughter may never be able to walk again.
Jocelyn Kane, the mother of 31-year-old nursing student Danielle ‘Dani’ Kane, said her daughter was eating dinner on the Danforth with her boyfriend last Sunday night when the gunshots rang out.
She said the pair learned that someone had been injured outside and Danielle’s boyfriend, who works as an emergency room nurse, went to help.
Once outside, her boyfriend spotted the gunman and managed to duck out of the line of fire. The woman’s mother said her daughter was not so lucky.
“Danielle didn’t see. I guess he came from the side and hit Danielle,” Kane told CP24 on the Danforth last night.
She said the bullet struck her daughter’s spine, injuring the eleventh thoracic vertebra.
Kane said her daughter remains in a medically-induced coma at the Trauma and Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital.
“We still don’t know if she is going to be able to walk again,” her mother said tearfully.
“Of course, miracles happen every day.”
A GoFundMe page titled #DaniStrong has been set up to help cover the costs of the young woman’s ongoing care.
“I’m sure she is going to have to go through a lot of rehabilitation,” her mother said. “Her life has been taken away from her in a millisecond.”
The 31-year-old’s boyfriend, Jerry Pinksen, who was with her when she was shot, recalled the traumatic incident while speaking to CTV News Toronto on Sunday.
He said in the moments after his girlfriend was shot, she told him she couldn’t feel her legs.
“I just felt so guilty that I made that decision to go outside to try to help someone, try to help another victim, and now my girlfriend is one of the last victims. I just felt so much guilt,” he said in an interview outside the downtown hospital where she is receiving treatment.
“Through help from my friends and family and support, I was able to talk through it and realize that Danielle would never have listened to me. She would have come out anyways. Her compassion and selfless soul, she was coming with me no matter what.”
He said he is now trying to focus on her recovery.
“I just want to tell her she is safe, I love her, and there is a whole community out there supporting her.”
Kane was one of 13 people wounded after a gunman opened fire on the Danforth one week ago. The attack claimed the lives of 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and 18-year-old Reese Fallon, who are both being laid to rest today. The gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a source previously confirmed.