(WXYZ) - A Taylor woman, who takes care of her dying brother, was desperate for help after her electricity was shut off.
Vinny Lyke spends his days in a child-like state. Born severely handicapped, his care has fallen to his older sister Vicki Stanley. Vinny's health took a turn for the worse a few months ago when he suffered a stroke.
"I don't know how much longer I'm going to have him," said Stanley. "I think that everyday is God's grace."
Since his stroke, Vinny's family says he needs oxygen a few times a day to help him breathe. Monday morning, his machine went silent. Electricity to the house was shut off when Vicki could no longer afford to pay the bill.
DTE has tried working with Vicki. They gave her medical waivers and set her up on a payment plan, but she defaulted. Vicki says she just doesn't have the money. She turned to other agencies with no luck.
7 Action News was able to put Vicki in contact with a DTE employee. They are working with her again to come up with a manageable payment plan.
Following our airing of this story, the 7 Action Newsroom was flooded by calls from people wishing to help Vicki and her brother.
We were also contacted by Vicki again Monday evening. She told us that, although she has yet to here from either DTE of The Heat and Warmth fund (THAW), her power has been turned back on.
We will continue to follow up on this story.
THAW's donation page is: https://www.thawfund.org/support-our-work/donate-now/. To donate to the family, just indicate that you would like to donate to the Vicki Stanley family.
Donations can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-866-THAW.