Victims of a Violent Home Invasion
In the early morning, two men broke into their home and one quickly moved into the bedroom where Andrew, Kelli and their two young daughters were sleeping. The man was very aggressive and when Andrew fought back to protect his family, Andrew was shot point blank through the chest. The bullet entered the right shoulder and exited his lower back. He suffered a collapsed lung along with badly bruised lungs, broken ribs, and nerve damage affecting the use of his right hand and arm. Kelli was severely beaten. Fortunately, Andrew was still able to stop the attempted rape of his wife, even after being shot. All of this happened while their daughters, ages 2 and 4, watched and listened. While the children were not physically harmed, they suffered severe emotional trauma that will take time and counseling to heal.
Andrew was in the hospital for a week and required multiple surgeries from the gunshot wound. He will be out of work for at least a month. He will need physical therapy to hopefully regain some use of his right hand and arm, from the nerve damage. The entire family is undergoing counseling and staying in a hotel awaiting repairs on their home. They are also having an alarm system and safe room installed, which will not be covered by their homeowner's insurance. Medical bills, housing repairs, insurance deductibles and copayments are all adding up. While the family focuses on healing physically and emotionally, please consider helping with these unexpected expenses. Any help you can provide will be received with warm and thankful hearts.
Kelli and Andrew are among the kindest, most peaceful people we have ever known. Please donate and make a statement that kindness is more powerful than violence.
Thank you for your generosity and kind thoughts.
~Friends of the Warnsing Family
A week ago today we had an ADT security system installed. Tuesday Andrew was released from the hospital. That night the four of us went home for the first time. We also found out from the Detectives that an arrest was made in our case. That was a very emotional, but great day.
Thursday Anya turned 5 years old! We are so proud of our amazing little lady. And so very thankful for our family. Friday Djuna, our year old lab, came home to us. Thank you to the Shaw's and Houge's for loving her and caring for her the past 4 weeks. Now we are looking forward to celebrating Audrey's 3rd birthday very soon. So, life is moving forward.
Thank you to the Moms Club of Madison East for setting up meals the past two weeks and to Monona Grove Nursery School parents for following with a meal train. Thank you to those who helped me pull Anya's birthday party together so her special day could go smoothly. I look forward to following up with Laura and Debi regarding the fund raising you are each coordinating. We have been reminded daily how many friends we have worldwide and of your love, support, the time you have given, prayers, friendship and kindness. I can feel you holding us up and carrying us through to better days. I know we are not going through this alone, and personally this is what keeps me going. I love you all.
Here is a link to the article released last night regarding the intruder and his first hearing.
I just wanted to thank you all for your generosity which has blown me away. I haven't seen some of you in well over 10 years. Getting to read your names and getting to remember each of you has helped me slog through some of the worst and most painful days I've experienced in my lifetime. You have no idea how much just seeing your names has pulled me from a dark angry place into a place of love and kindness. It's been wonderful in those moments to shed tears of love rather than tears of pain.
I had surgery today and it went well. I now have a mesh implant between my ribs and lung to stop the flow of fluids into my right lung. I can take a deep breath again and that is a major relief. I can tell my broken ribs have started to heal and most importantly, I've regained some movement in my right fingers that wasn't there a few days ago. The strength in those fingers and full range of motion has a ways to go but it is giving me a lot of hope for my recovery. My arm is still numb and I've got a lot of nerve pain shooting through my bicep. In addition, the gun shot site hurts badly but it has come a long way in these almost three weeks and is starting to heal.
I have a lot of love for each and every one of you. Please keep my girls in your thoughts and prayers. I can't stop worrying about all three of them. It breaks my heart they had to witness and be part of such an awful event.
Take a moment today to hug and have patience for your loved ones. We sometimes experience pain so we can know and feel love. You have all taught me that in the past few weeks and I will never be able to thank you enough.
We still don't know why these men did what they did. The police have theories but I can't share any of that until they find the cowards. Pray for love and pray for justice. I love you all.
"Thank you to everyone who has helped us through the last 2 1/2 weeks. Day to day, hour by hour. I seriously couldn't do all there is to do without you. You have been helpful, kind, generous, brought meals, helped with the girls, birthday planning, our puppy, sitting with me at the house, packing stuff for movers, taking our mail, visiting Andrew in the hospital, bringing gifts and sending Valentines for the girls, visiting at the hotel, letting me do laundry at your house, and continually checking in with us to make sure we are hanging in there. I am sure I left something out.
We never thought this would reach so many family and friends and we certainly didn't expect such kindness from strangers. We love you all. Thank you. " -Kelli
Update on Andrew's condition: Andrew's lung surgery was postponed until today. He will likely be in the hospital for a few days recovering. They are still unsure how much use he will regain from his right arm and hand.
We are so overwhelmed with everyone's generosity. We had no idea this would reach so many friends and family.
Also, Andrew is back in the hospital. He has to have an unexpected additional surgery tomorrow to remove fluid from his lung.
I don't pray, but I will be thinking about this all day, all week even, and wishing your whole family well. None of you deserved this no matter what, and I am so sorry that it happened to you. I would take away all your pain if I could, and especially remove the trauma from your children. As a father, nothing is more sacred to me than children. All I can say is your story touched me. I am a father to an 18 month old and we have another coming. I feel so torn - proud of Andrew for defending his family, and also helpless to see this now after it has already happened. What if it was me? It could have been. Please keep fighting to heal your family. I know your lives will be different forever, but don't let this define you. It is a struggle, but you can beat this and your family can grow and be happy together. I believe it, and I want you to believe, to hold tightly to it. You are strongest together.
Let the faith that all wrongs will be "righted" in time allow you to see that your anger emerged from your deep love of your family. May you all heal and your lives come into a feeling of "rightness." I'm thinking and praying for you'all daily.
Our prayers continue for your family Andrew, so very sorry!