Spokane family’s car stolen from Seattle Children’s Hospital while toddler recovered from surgery

SEATTLE, Wash. (KOMO) — A family’s car was stolen from the parking garage of Seattle Children’s hospital while their baby was undergoing brain surgery, and now police are looking for the person responsible.

Parents Cali and William Fager drove up from the Spokane area for their son’s surgery. Their son, also named William, was diagnosed with epilepsy shortly after his birth and has been in and out of hospitals ever since.

The family said someone stole their white 2017 Toyota Corolla around 8:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, while they were inside the hospital during their son’s neurosurgery. Many of the family’s belongings were in the car, including a car seat and playpen, as well as medications for their son.

Initially, the hospital’s security officers walked through the parking garage to see if the car was parked in a spot that the couple didn’t remember, Cali Fager said.

“Then they decided to pull up surveillance when no one could find it and they found that around 8 p.m. Friday night, they saw someone with a bandana covering his face, wearing a hat, take off with our car,” the mom said.

Seattle police confirmed the vehicle was stolen from the hospital’s parking garage in the 4800 block of Sand Point Way Northeast.

“I was really shocked. I never thought that would ever happen, especially at a children’s hospital. That’s like the one place I never thought someone would be that low to steal from,” Fager said.

The family posted about the situation in the Facebook group PNW Stolen Cars, which has thousands of members, who are now also on the lookout for the vehicle.

The vehicle’s license plate is BGM6729 and it is pictured below. If you have any information about its whereabouts, you should call the Seattle police.


One-year-old William Fager was recovering from a procedure to help cure a rare form of epilepsy when someone stole the family car from Seattle Children’s Hospital’s parking lot on Oct. 28, 2022. Courtesy: Cali Fager

Cali Fager told KOMO News her son is recovering from surgery very well.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to Seattle Children’s and specifically Dr. Bozarth and Dr. Hauptman because we literally owe them everything for fixing our son,” Fager said. “And we want to say thank you to (the Seattle police officer) who came and did that very generous thing and gave our son a Halloween costume.”

Seattle Children’s told KOMO News in a statement, “We are deeply sorry that this occurred and are working closely with Seattle Police Department on this matter. As always, when incidents occur we review our security protocols and always aim to provide a safe, secure environment.”

A GoFundMe account was set up to help the Fager family with expenses, including the loss of their family car.

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