Update: Last week, we reported that Dynel Lane, the woman who allegedly cut the unborn baby from the womb of Michelle Wilkins, had been charged with eight felonies, but not murder, because the Boulder County coroner couldn't find an indication that there had been a "live birth" in the case.
But in her first post on a GoFundMe page raising money for her care, Wilkins makes no mention of Lane or the crime committed against her.
Instead, she focuses on gratitude for the outpouring of support she's received from the community at large — and refers to Aurora, the baby she lost, as having been transformed into a "light being."
Here's a look at a screen capture from the page, featuring a new photo and the dollar amount pledged at this writing — just shy of $100,000, well in excess of the latest goal of $75,000:
And here's what Wilkins posted last night:
I wanted to thank everyone again for the prayers and positive thoughts that have been deeply felt and helped my healing. Also for your generous contribution to the gofundme account to help with expenses. I can already feel it's going to be a long journey to physical and emotion recovery, but I am grateful for every person that has reached out to help in their own way. You have my eternal gratitude. Aurora is a light being now, nothing but ethereal joy and love. Forever in my heart.
Another development on the GoFundMe page relates to Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt.
As we reported last week, Klingenschmitt, who was elected to the state House of Representatives from a district near Colorado Springs, had attempted to politicize the attack on Wilkins by suggesting that it was a punishment by God prompted by America's abortion laws.
Afterward, Klingenschmitt donated $1,000 to the GoFundMe page. However, as Fox31 reported, Wilkins's family returned it — and an unrepentant Klingenschmitt refused to apologize for his actions, maintaining that he was only making a Biblical reference. In his words, “If other people are offended by the Bible, that’s okay, they don’t have to agree with me or come to my church or watch my TV show. It’s a free country.”
Below, see the aforementioned Fox31 piece, followed by a YouTube video of Klingenschmitt's original remarks. After that, find our previous coverage about the announcement that Wilkins had been released from the hospital.
Original post, 6:21 a.m. March 25: We've been keeping you up to date on the latest developments involving Michelle Wilkins, who was seven-months pregnant when her unborn baby was cut from her womb, allegedly by Dynel Lane, for whom charges are still pending.
Most of the news about her situation has been grim — but at last, we have glad tidings to pass along.
Wilkins has now been released from the hospital.
But she's got a long road of recovery yet to travel.
As we've reported, Wilkins has ties to North Carolina, and ABC11, a station from the state, offers additional information about her background.
Here's an excerpt from its report:
Michelle Wilkins grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and attended Appalachian State University, but her family's roots are in Person County.
Her parents are at her bedside in a Colorado hospital and are constantly relaying information to other family like Tony Wilkins. He's a cousin who remains in Person County.
Tony Wilkins can't believe what's happened to Michelle — a woman who he describes as a free spirit who loves everyone.
"Michelle's always been a person who is kind hearted, a free spirit, has a love for all mankind, and I can't imagine what she's going through at this time," said Tony.
Tony tells the station that the baby, which didn't survive, would have been Michelle's first — and the first grandchild for her parents,
Nonetheless, he says Michelle "just wants everyone to know that she's just so grateful. We've all rallied together as we always do and we are a very, very strong family with a lot of support network, so we will get through this."
In the meantime, the GoFundMe.com page raising money for her care shows donations in excess of $42,000 toward a $50,000 goal at this writing.
Late yesterday afternoon, this update appeared.
Some good news...
Michelle is out of the hospital and in a safe place. As you might imagine, we're navigating troubled waters one would never want to see in a lifetime. The issues to be dealt with now are coming like tsunamis, but she has family and friends by her side every step of the way (not to mention her beloved dog Jade, who is now permanently glued to her side).
What we didn't anticipate, and for which we will eternally grateful, is the outpouring your generous donations and heartfelt messages. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The page also features comments from donors, all of them heartfelt and compassionate. Some examples:
Praying for you, Michelle, and your whole family!! No words can portray how deeply saddened I am that you have had to endure this horrible situation. I am praying for not only your physical and emotional healing, but also for justice for you and your baby.
Michelle I have been thinking about you every day, hoping that you are healing physically. I can only imagine how you are feeling emotionally. Sending you love and strength.
God bless you Michelle. No monies could ever take the place of your loss but I hope it helps ease some stress for you. I'm sorry this has happened to you and I pray for you. May god bless you and help you along this rough road.
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We second these emotions. To see more comments like these, visit the GoFundMe.com page by clicking here.