'Silent victim' of Clackamas mall shooting is near death
SELLWOOD, Ore. - A pregnant woman who was not injured during the mass shooting at the Clackamas Town Center last December but who became mysteriously ill afterwards is close to death, according to posts on a Facebook page dedicated to her recovery.
KATU News reached out to Vanessa Ogden's family through Facebook early Friday. A representative for the family said Vanessa was in a Beaverton hospital, "has no brain activity" and would be taken off life support on Friday while surrounded by her family and friends.
Ogden was the manager of a popular kids clothing store at the Clackamas Town Center when a gunman opened fire in the mall on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
She was seven months pregnant at the time. When the shooting started she herded her employees and customers at Justice for Girls into a backroom and kept them safe.
But her condition deteriorated and she wound up in the hospital before Christmas. An MRI revealed she had suffered 60 to 70 mini-strokes. She hasn't spoken since Christmas.
Despite her condition, Vanessa gave birth to a daughter, Georgia, on Dec. 27. The couple also have another daughter who is 16 months old.