Twelve people were killed, and Petra Anderson was one of fifty eight people that were wounded when a gunman opened fire on July 20, 2012 inside a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, at a theater in Aurora, Colorado.
Call it what you will, God’s will, fate or simply a stroke of incredibly good luck, but Colorado shooting victim Petra Anderson had a lot of whatever it was!
Anderson, 22, sustained multiple gunshot wounds when three shotgun pellets hit her arm, and one went through her nose and into her brain.
The head injury would most likely have been fatal, but thanks in part to a brain abnormality she never knew she had, Anderson is on her way to a full recovery, according to her pastor.
There’s just one way to describe it, "A Miracle!".
Brad Strait, a senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado, wrote on his blog.
"It’s like a marble through a small tube, the defect channels the bullet from Petra’s nose through her brain. It turns slightly several times, and comes to rest at the rear of her brain. And in the process, the bullet misses all the vital areas of the brain. In many ways, it almost misses the brain itself".
"In Christianity we call it prevenient grace: God working ahead of time for a particular event in the future. It’s just like the God I follow to plan the route of a bullet through a brain long before Batman ever rises. Twenty-two years before".
When Is A Defect Not A Defect?
Andrew Roblyer, who a friend of Anderson’s family, stopped short of describing the condition as a defect.
He said that a neurosurgeon explained to the family that,
"channels or voids like hers are not uncommon, but the placement of them is random and can vary".
Recovery And Back To Her Music
"Petra was moved out of the intensive care unit after just four days".
"And she soon started physical and speech therapy and was able to walk, talk and laugh".
"She’s herself in a lot of ways".
"But sometimes takes a while for her to remember the correct word she wants to use and she has experienced some dizziness when walking, and everything is a little slower than normal. But she is able to take care of herself and conduct the normal activities of daily life".
Anderson is a gifted violinist and composer and she spent last summer studying composition at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is an alumna of the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts camp.
She also studied music composition at the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, and was named the 2011 Presser Scholar, a national award for outstanding music students and she graduated this year.