Thousands of dollars from well-wishers have begun to pour in for a young woman who has made a miracle recovery after being shot multiple times in a Colorado movie theater last Friday.
Petra Anderson Survives Colorado Shooting Thanks to Rare Brain Defect
Petra Anderson, 22, was at the midnight premiere of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colo., when she was shot four times by a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded theater, the Associated Press reports.
Three shotgun pellets hit Anderson's arm and another went through her nose -- riding up the back of her cranium and hitting the back of her skull.
"Her injuries were severe, and her condition was critical…The doctors prior to surgery were concerned because so much of the brain had been traversed by the bullet," Anderson's pastor, Brad Strait, wrote in his blog.
Strait, who was in the hospital during the young woman's surgery, added that doctors were worried that Anderson's injuries could impair her speech, motor and cognitive abilities.
But incredibly, during the five-hour surgery, doctors soon found that Anderson's brain sustained very little damage and the bullet was removed cleanly.
According to Strait, Anderson was saved by a miracle birth "defect" that no one could have anticipated. Read more