Elijah Mondy is home and recuperating from surgery that was required as the result of a gunshot wound he suffered in an April 29 attack, according to a family member.
Zipporah Mondy reported Wednesday in a prepared statement that Elijah Mondy underwent a surgical procedure at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Elijah Mondy was shot when attempting to provide aid to a man he found, allegedly injured in the street. Elijah Mondy was shot once in the chest and was airlifted to The Med Trauma Center in Memphis.
The surgery, said Zipporah Mondy, was necessary due to complications brought on by the trauma of the gunshot wound.
“The original plan was to have two surgical procedures in one day,” commented Zipporah Mondy. “The first surgery was completed and successful. The doctors decided to postpone the second surgery out of concern that it would be too much stress on his body at one time.”
Elijah Mondy is 66.
The second surgery will take place in about two to three weeks, said Zipporah Mondy. The second date will be determined during a follow-up exam next week.
Elijah Mondy is back home and reportedly doing well, so far. He continues to offer thanks everyone who is praying for him and offering words of encouragement. He went on to praise the staff and doctors at all three medical institutions that attended him – Helena Regional Medical Center, The Med in Memphis and Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.
“I truly appreciate all the services they rendered helping save my life and setting me on a path to recovery,” stated Elijah Mondy. “Above all, I give God the glory.”
Despite his physical problems, Elijah Mondy is still concerned about the safety of his fellow citizens in Helena-West Helena.
“I hope every citizen, business owner and manager will call the mayor and city council members and insist that they move forward immediately on my recommendations,” commented Elijah Mondy. “Or, make a better recommendation on fighting crime. If we need help from the state and federal level then it's time to get them on board.”
Elijah Mondy urged all citizens to be concerned and join a crusade against the crime that is plaguing our community because there's a lot at stake.
“Helena-West Helena could wind up being a ghost town,” Elijah Mondy continued. “Were that to happen, all efforts and money spent to revitalize the city and attract tourism and business would have been in vain. The most powerful tool and fuel of criminals are fearful citizens – citizens that are cowards.”
Elijah Mondy stressed the time is now to start fixing problems.
The next city council meeting is tentatively set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17.