Photography & Video Photography

2011 Pulitzer Prize - Feature Photography

Rose Smith was coming home from the market to prepare for a Memorial Day potluck. She heard gunshots outside her apartment in Watts Nickerson Gardens housing project and ran. She was reaching for the front door when she felt the bullets tear into her arm, her jaw, and her back. She was three months pregnant. Both she and the baby survived, but Smith will never walk again. She named the baby Miracle. In this photo, Miracle lifts her mother's leg as Rose Smith slides into her wheelchair. The family had stem cells from Miracle's umbilical cord reserved in hopes that doctors may one day use them to help restore feeling in Smith's spine.Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times