2006-10-06 / Front Page

Medical Fund For Home-Invade Victim

By Brian Magoolaghan

John Henry Romano Jr.

John Henry Romano Jr.

A medical fund has been established for a 9-year-old Far Rockaway boy who lost his left eye and suffered brain damage last month during a home invasion in nearby Nassau County.

The fund to help shooting victim John Henry Romano Jr., 9, was announced this week by the boy's family and a representative at Bank of America. Doctors have said that Romano may permanently suffer some paralysis on one side and will need a prosthetic eye. The boy's cousin Elisa DeJesus told The Wave that the cost of the prosthetic and other treatment will reach well into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Each of the Bank of New York branches in New York City has received a memo on how to process donations, and contributions will be accepted nationwide, the bank's representative said. Checks made payable to the "John Henry Romano Medical Fund" can also be mailed to the branch at 231 Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway, NY 11691.

DeJesus told The Wave that Romano was in stable condition at Schneider Children's Hospital, where he watched the Mets - his favorite baseball team - defeat the L.A. Dodgers in a thrilling first game of the divisional series Wednesday night. DeJesus said her cousin is "basically pushing his way though" his post-op recovery. "He's a fighter; he's looking good," she said. "When you tell him you love him he tells you he loves you back," DeJesus said.

DeJesus, who has been visiting Romano in the hospital every day, said students at P.S. 43 have sent numerous get well wishes to their schoolmate. "The stack of cards is beautiful, beautiful," she said.

Romano was visiting family members in Inwood, which is just over the Queens/Nassau County border, on September 23, when three intruders entered the residence. The boy was shot as his uncle traded gunfire with the intruders, who then fled.

Nassau County police have eyed a suspect who turned up at a Brooklyn hospital with gunshot wounds shortly after the incident, but have not identified the man or brought any charges.

The news radio station 1010 WINS reported Thursday morning that Nassau County officials were preparing to arraign Tyreek Williams, 21, on charges related to the home invasion. Williams is reportedly being treated for gunshot wounds at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn. But a Nassau County Police Department spokesperson said the 1010 WINS report was inaccurate. The spokesperson eclined to comment further.

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