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Generator stolen from family that powers daughter's medical equipment

Posted at 4:02 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 18:12:01-04

TULSA -- A generator was stolen from a family in Tulsa that not only powers their home in an emergency, but is their young daughter's last lifeline.

Seven-year-old Ruthanne McLauchalan is a fighter.

"Our daughter has a medical condition that requires her to be on a ventilator every night, some nights she needs to have oxygen through an oxygen concentrator, all which runs through electricity," said John McLauchalan, Ruthanne's father.

Electricity that, in case of an emergency, was hooked up to a generator outside their home.

"With all these storms, it’s just like I’ve been praying, Lord, just keep the electricity on please," said Andrea McLauchalan's mother.

Mother Nature isn't the only to worry about, after the family came home Sunday to see their generator stolen from their backyard.

"If it goes out then we have no way of taking care of our daughter’s medical needs," said John McLauchalan.

The family had the machine locked with a cable wrapped around it, but that didn't stop whoever took it.

"Unfortunately in the society we live in, if people want something they’ll figure out a way to get it," said John McLauchalan.

This isn't the first time this happened to the McLauchalan family. They had a generator stolen from their home several years ago. They're fed up they have to buy one, once again.

"You just sit there and wonder, how much security do I have to have in order to keep my stuff safe?" said John McLauchalan.

It's not only a source of backup electricity, but the last line of defense for their daughter.

They filed a police report, and they're searching on different websites to see if someone is trying to sell a generator.

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