On Oct. 24, a University of Toledo medical student left her apartment early in the morning to begin her rounds at a local hospital when a man, who had been walking on the other side of the street, confronted her with a gun.
Despite telling him to take whatever he wanted, in a matter of seconds she was on the ground with a gun pointed at her head. He then fired the gun once and ran off. It was at this point that the medical student's life would change forever.
"It was totally just survival mode-what can I do to not die right now," she says after explaining how she drag herself back to her apartment to buzz other residents for help. When she woke up in the hospital, it was five days later and she finally learned the extent of her catastrophic injuries.
The robber had fractured her jaw, shattered her right thumb, and left her with a serious neck injury. She underwent several surgeries including a surgery to wire her jaw shut, and one that retrieved the bullet that had become lodged in her vertebrae. Luckily, she did not suffer a serious spinal cord injury from the bullet.
When she was released from the hospital in November she returned to her home town of Erie, Pennsylvania to start looking for residency programs near home and to begin healing from the traumatic event.
According to St. Louis, Ohio police, the robber was apprehended and the medical student has said that she will testify if the case goes to trial.
Source: toledoblade.com, "University of Toledo medical student perseveres after October shooting, plans for future," Vanessa McCray, Dec. 26, 2012