Woman critically burned in Tonawanda attack released from hospital
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.