PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) It's been a long year for one local girl. 14-year-old Diamond has been in and out of the hospital for several surgeries after being shot in May of 2015. Today, she had her final surgery.
"There's nothing. I'm pretty sure it's a cold case now. No one knows anything. I haven’t heard anything from anyone. I'm just glad she's here," said Millie Santiago. She’s relieved her daughter Diamond is out of the last of eight surgeries even though the people responsible for putting her in the hospital are still on the loose..
"There were no complications. She took it very well," said Millie showing us a picture of her 14-year old daughter in the recovery room today after a six hour procedure at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
"They put her organs back, they removed her colostomy and they closed her stomach," she said.
Diamond was sitting with two other children on the stoop of a row home on Stout Street in Kensington on May 29th 2015. It was 11:30 on a Friday night. Police say two hooded men were running down the street shooting as they ran. A stray bullet hit Diamond in the stomach.
"It was just a nightmare. Every night I barely slept just to see her when she goes through something made me so heartbroken," Millie recalled.
This past January Diamond was able to go back to school but still wearing a colostomy bag and struggling to walk even dress herself.
Still she managed to graduate eighth grade with straight A's. Millie says they got a lot of support.
"I have a justice for Diamond page on Facebook and the continuous support and prayers is what helped her be where she's at right now."
The only thing missing, Millie says, is the person who did this to her daughter.
A year and a half later no one has been arrested.
"I still have so much anger inside of why she has to go through everything she's going through," said Millie.