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By Kent Larsen

LDS Stake Assists Mugging Victim

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- When a San Jose, California handicapped mugging victim vented her frustrations on the Internet, LDS Church members in Washington state were listening and soon got a local San Jose stake involved with providing assistance. Jamie Welton-Parham was mugged September 7th by a man who stole her purse and in the process broke her only good arm.

Welton-Parham has suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis since age three and has been confined to a wheelchair since age 12. On September 7th she was returning with her 12-year-old daughter from the store when a man ran by the chair and grabbed her purse. The purse's strap got tangled on Welton-Parham's arm so that she could not let go. But the thief continued pulling. "He really pulled," Welton-Parham said. "I tried to let go of the purse, but I couldn't and I heard the bone snap." She suffered a spiral fracture in her left arm, her only limb free of disease, about two inches above the elbow.

With a cast on the arm, Welton-Parham is no longer able to function like she once did. She can't cook meals or care for her five-month-old infant or her three-year-old son.

But she is able to communicate online. Welton-Parham vented her difficulties to one online women's group that included LDS Church members in Washington state. One of the women then contacted her Bishop, who then got in touch with the local stake in San Jose. Now, LDS Church volunteers visit Welton-Parham regularly, helping her care for her children. Welton-Parham's Catholic parish also brings in meals for the family three nights a week.


Thief breaks mother's good arm
San Jose CA Mercury News 7Nov00 D1
By Betty Barnacle: Mercury News


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