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Family sets up fund after shooting takes father's sight

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Sean Kelley lost his sight when he was shot in the head in January. Sean Kelley lost his sight when he was shot in the head in January.
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Piles of eviction and foreclosure notices are tucked away in a yellow folder.  Sean Kelley, his wife and four-month-old son could be homeless after May eighth.  The bills started to pile up in January when Kelley was shot in the head in an attempted robbery.

"He squinted his eyes up, and he had this gapped tooth in his mouth, and he just shot the gun," Kelley explained.  "I felt something rattling in my mouth, and it was the bullet in my mouth, and that was the last time I saw something."

It is a miracle Kelley survived, but he has been completely blind ever since.  He can't smell or taste anything.  The shooting happened just eight days after the birth of his son.  When the story aired last week on Fox 2, the newsroom was flooded with phone calls and emails from people looking to help, but when your life has been turned upside down, even getting help takes planning.

"We do have to prioritize how we spend the money and how far we got to go and the distance and make sure that we [are] utilizing the money, utilizing the gas for the right purposes," Kelley said.

Which is why the Kelleys had to wait until Monday to set up a fund.  The Sean Kelley Support Team Fund is now open at Flagstar Bank.  Kelley left his job just before the shooting.  The Kellyes were already behind on their mortgage, and now the medical bills just keep coming.

We forwarded some of your messages of encouragement.  Kelley couldn't believe it.

"I can't believe that [there are] still good people out there," he remarked.  "I want to say thank you from the depths and the bottom of our heart."

"This is something I don't wish on my worst enemy for me to wake up and... ultimately look at all this darkness."

But there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Kelley was told he would never see again.  However, doctors now say he could regain sight in one eye.  Kelley said that is all he needs to see his family again.

"I miss seeing life, but most often I miss seeing my wife and my children," he said.

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