Woman crit­i­cally burned in Ton­awanda at­tack re­leased from hospi­tal

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Aaron Besecker

A woman at­tacked with a flammable liq­uid out­side a City of Ton­awanda cof­fee shop in De­cem­ber has been re­leased from Erie County Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a Face­book page doc­u­ment­ing her re­cov­ery.

Jes­sica Cameron got out of the hospi­tal Wed­nes­day, three-and-a-half months af­ter she was burned out­side the Tim Hor­tons at Ni­a­gara and Sey­mour streets in a case of al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“We have come far enough in her re­cov­ery that she can come home and re­ceive wound care here,” ac­cord­ing to a post on the Face­book page Juras­sic JessE’s Jour­ney.

Cameron was crit­i­cally in­jured at about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 when pros­e­cu­tors say she was lured out­side the cof­fee shop while she was work­ing. Cameron’s ex-boyfriend, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, has been ac­cused of spray­ing her with an ac­cel­er­ant.

Jonathon E. White, who was in­dicted Jan. 3 on charges of at­tempted mur­der and first-de­gree as­sault, is sched­uled to ap­pear in court on April 15.

Cameron had moved out of the home she shared with White and their three chil­dren shortly be­fore the at­tack, the Erie County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice has pre­vi­ously said.

Cameron, who has un­der­gone mul­ti­ple surg­eries, was still in a med­i­cally in­duced coma as of Jan. 8, ac­cord­ing to posts on Juras­sic JessE’s Jour­ney. Four days later, she was de­scribed as awake and aware.

A lit­tle more than two weeks later, she was able to get out of bed, tak­ing five steps to­ward a re­cliner, ac­cord­ing to another post. A few weeks later, she re­gained her voice.

On Feb. 23, she moved to an acute re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit in the hospi­tal and by March 1 had started eat­ing “real food,” ac­cord­ing to other posts.

Her fam­ily held weekly prayer meet­ings and thanked the com­mu­nity for its prayers and sup­port.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all of your prayers and pos­i­tive en­ergy,” the fam­ily said in a re­cent post. “It worked.”

Cameron’s re­lease comes as loved ones and sup­port­ers pre­pare for two up­com­ing fundrais­ers.

The first event will be held at 2 p.m. April 28 at Rock­starz/Buf­falo Pizza and Ale House, 603 Din­gens St., Cheek­towaga. There will be live bands per­form­ing and raf­fles. Ad­mis­sion will be $20 at the door.

The sec­ond fundraiser, “Jam­min’ for Jes­sica,” will be held the evening of May 4 at Mo­hawk Place, 47 E. Mo­hawk St. The event will fea­ture live mu­sic, door prizes and bas­ket raf­fles. The event is 18 and up and ad­mis­sion is $15.

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