Ericka Chaves, the mother of Natalie Romero, a 20-year-old college student who was injured during the horrific events in Charlottesville, started a GoFundMe page to help with her daughter's medical costs. In just two days, she raised over 125k, exceeding her campaign goal of 120k.
Romero, who is originally from Houston, was hospitalized after James Alex Fields, Jr. plowed his car into a group of people who were protesting the white supremacist "Unite the Right" rallies. One woman was killed, and 35 others were injured.
According to KHOU 11, Romero has a small skull fracture, a gash in her forehead, and stitches to her face. About her injuries, Romero told the outlet, "A lot of back pain and neck pain. Just a lot of bruises. I think when fell, I bit my lip. And so my lip is busted, and my face looks pretty horrible right now."
Romero is the first person in her family to go to college and is enrolled at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on a full scholarship.
"I always told her, I know I cannot pay for college, so you need to study hard so you can get good grades and get a scholarship... and she’s helping me out. Whenever I need money, she’s the one sending me. She’s not asking me for money," Chaves told KHOU 11.
We can only imagine how proud Chaves is to have garnered donations for her daughter's care. Though Romero might not be able to attend her first day of classes due to her injuries, we wish her a speedy recovery and successful freshman year. Check out the video above by KHOU 11.