Longview shelter offers hope for those needing medical care

In Longview, there is a special shelter run by doctors to serve both residents and evacuees who have special medical needs.

Tonight, KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has the story of one east Texas woman who says the shelter is a lifesaver.

"When I walked in and my lights were out I was like oh, no...and then when I got here and everybody was helping I was like, ok I'm going to be ok."

For Sharon Morris, being at this special needs shelter in Longview is a lifesaver. When Sharon lost power at her home, she was helpless and terrified.

"The fear...that's what gets you is the fear. It's definitely been a change for me, because I just never thought something like this would happen to me."

Like other people here with medical needs, Sharon needs electricity to keep her oxygen concentrator going.

Thanfully, for 24 hours a day nurses and meidical staff here at the shelter are helping meet their needs.

"This was a Godsend, and the people so far have just been wonderful. The EMTs have just been really nice and have helped me set up my equipment and have kept me in oxygen."

"It's been really amazing I mean they got all the stuff here that we need. They stayed up al night watching us and helping those that needed to get up to go to the restroom."

For Sharon, being able to eat a warm meal and get her medical needs met is more than she could have asked for at a time that she is in desperate need.

"It just shows that you can get through another time in your life when something throws it."

Sharon is expected to return home by Thursday.

Right now, the shelter is taking Longview residents and Hurricane Ike evacuees who need oxygen.

The shelter can hold about 50 people. To get a ride to the shelter, you can call the Good Shepherd Medical Hotline.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com