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SALT LAKE CITY — The Neaman family can't seem to catch a break. Hardship after hardship has fallen on their shoulders recently.
For the last six weeks they've been staying in the Ronald McDonald House while their now-paralyzed daughter is recovering from several life-threatening illnesses.
Amid all these trials and difficulties, their car was just stolen. Around 11 p.m. Friday, they parked it in a stall at the Ronald McDonald House. Saturday morning, it was gone.
It all began about six weeks ago when 9-year-old Fawn Neaman got really sick. Her father, Spencer, said her face started turning a yellowish green color. Her appendix had burst.
"My stomach was hurting," Fawn said. "I was throwing up and I wasn't feeling good."
Her parents drove her from Wendover to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City where doctors operated and found Fawn's appendix had ruptured. She then contracted influenza B and meningitis and spent a month in the intensive care unit.
She's now paralyzed and doing physical therapy to regain strength in her arms and legs.
"I've been trying to move and it hasn't been working," she said.
The Neaman's four other young children are staying with family in Wendover while the parents spend their days at Fawn's side. Friday night, the family's vehicle was stolen from the Ronald McDonald House parking lot.
They lost their wallets, cash, identification, debit cards and more.
"My livelihood, I guess you would say, was in that car," Spencer Neaman said.
Neaman makes and sells Native American head dresses. All of his supplies, including real porcupine hair, were in his car.
"It's not like I can just go to Wal-mart or anywhere and just buy these things," he said.
Through all the challenges, the Neamans are just trying to focus on their little girl. They said they are clinging to their faith during this difficult time.
"We believe in prayer and everything so much that we know she'll be OK," he said.
A fund* has been set up to help the family with medical costs and other necessities. Those interested in contributing can send money to the donation account in the name of Fawn Neaman at the Nevada State Bank, 1855 Wendover Blvd, West Wendover, NV 89883.
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