MOBILE, AL (WTXF) - MOBILE, AL (WTXF) –26-year-old Maria Williamson, who lost her eye in a senseless shooting, adopted a puppy that experienced similar physical trauma.
Williamson was the victim of an attempted car jacking and shooting incident in late June causing her to lose her right eye. A server from Mobile, Alabama, Williamson was out driving when four men approached her car while she was stopped at a red light.
In an attempted car jacking one of the suspects fired his gun through the driver’s side of the window which hit Williamson in the eye, according to Fox 10. Williamson was then able to drive herself to the infirmary, where she was being treated.
“The bullet went through my nose, and damaged my right eye, over the course of the next week I had two surgeries, one of them to remove my right eye,” Williamson told Huffington Post.
Around the time of her recovery, a local four-week-old puppy named Bear was taken to a nearby Animal Rescue Foundation after being attacked by a larger dog. Bear suffered severe injuries including his eye being popped out of its socket.
At the no-kill, non-profit Animal Rescue Foundation Bear was sent to, he had surgery to remove his eye, and staff members created an online funding page to attract donations for his medical expenses.
Williamson’s boyfriend saw Bear’s shelter post and immediately showed it to his girlfriend.
“I adopted Bear the same day,” Williamson told Huffington Post. I couldn’t let him sit in the vet’s office one more night. I knew he needed to be home, and loved by his human.”
The two continue their recovery together and are so grateful for their undeniable bond. “We are not victims, we are survivors who get to share our story.”
The Animal Foundation reports that Bear recently had his sutures removed, has received his first official set of vaccinations, and has gained almost .5 pounds since his arrival.
The restaurant that Williamson works at has been putting forth many efforts to cover the medical expenses including starting a Go Fund Me page and hosting a fundraiser on her behalf.