The Amazing Story Of The Woman Who Survived Aurora Shooting Because Of A Brain Defect

22-year-old Petra Anderson took a bullet to the brain in the Aurora shooting that killed 12 and injured 58. Her pastor explains the remarkable way she survived.


This is Petra Anderson. She's a 22-year-old Colorado native, violinist and recent graduate of the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music. She was with two friends at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora when a gunman threw tear gas into the crowd and opened fire. She was hit by four shotgun pellets — three to the arm and one to the nose, which then traveled to her brain. This is the story of how she survived the shooting and surgery, as told by her pastor Brad Strait.

Petra is moved back to ICU. She looks, surprisingly, wonderful. With a small hole in her nose, and her arm wrapped, she almost looks uninjured ... Finally, one of the surgeons comes in to check on Petra ... As Petra sleeps, he retells the story of the surgery, and we ask questions.

Image by Karl Gehring / AP

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