Sanger native and Disneyland employee Jessica Milam – one of hundreds injured in the mass shooting in Las Vegas, including a number from the southern San Joaquin Valley – has been moved into an intensive-care unit and is now hooked to a ventilator in a Las Vegas hospital, said her father, Ed Milam, on Thursday.
A prayer circle for Milam and other Las Vegas shooting victims was to be held Thursday night at Reagan Elementary School. in Sanger.
One of Milam’s friends wrote on Facebook that she was moved into ICU early Thursday. On Tuesday, Ed Milam said his daughter was in stable condition and talking after surgery to repair her liver because she was shot in the abdomen.
A number of local pastors will lead prayers Thursday evening in Sanger, and a card and poster for Milam’s family will be available to sign.
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We want to show them how much we care and love them and have been praying for them.
Belen Jaramillo about the prayer circle for the Milam family and others affected by the Las Vegas shooting
Belen Jaramillo, auditor for the Reagan Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, decided to help organize the prayer circle after her 10-year-old daughter, Aleena, was in tears about Milam being injured. Milam’s mother, Maria, is a librarian at the school, and her sister, Katie, is a first-grade teacher there, Jaramillo said.
“They are very close family and they are very loved,” Jaramillo said of the Milams.
Milam, 23, is a graduate of Sanger High School who works in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland assisting guests and helping operate attractions. She formerly worked for the Fresno Grizzlies and Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program. She was living in Anaheim and previously attended Cal State Fullerton and Reedley College.
A GoFundMe donation page was set up by one of her friends to help with Milam’s recovery.
Jaramillo hopes the prayer circle helps Milam heal.
“The power of prayer is amazing,” she says, “so that’s why we’re doing this.”