Tonight on AC360:  Shooting survivor hopes for another "miracle"
Courtesy Jacqueline Rocamora Photography
July 31st, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Shooting survivor hopes for another "miracle"

Colorado shooting survivor Petra Anderson is beating the odds. She's already walking and telling jokes after being shot four times in theater 9 of the Aurora multiplex just 11 days ago. Three shotgun pellets hit her arm, and one went through her nose into her brain.

"She's so amazing, she's so determined, " Petra's mother, Kim, told CNN's David Mattingly.

You might remember, in the days following the massacre, there was talk that Petra had an unusual brain malformation that allowed her to survive that shotgun wound to her head. Doctors called it a "miracle." They still do, but there's no more talk of a brain malformation. They say amazingly the bullet hit at just the right angle to avoid causing catastrophic damage. If it had struck just one millimeter to the left or right there would be no talk of a "miracle." Instead, they'd be mourning her death. Thankfully, Petra is a survivor.

Petra, a 22-year-old aspiring composer, hopes to pick up her violin again and even go to graduate school for music this fall. But her ultimate goal is another "miracle" - one for her mother, who's battling cancer. Petra wants her mom to survive alongside her.

At 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight, don't miss David Mattingly's report on Petra and her mom, followed by 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon. He shows us how Petra is fighting to recover - with some help from music.

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  1. eneida

    I hope that Petra makes a full recovery! Good luck, she is a a fighter!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  2. MAJ G

    I'm currently being educated at a military school for active duty officers and would like to express my condolences for the tragedy that occurred. Our group is comprised of 16 officers that share multiple combat tours, and when the news of this unfortunate incident struck our ranks we were struck to the corps.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm |