Aurora Shooting Victim Saved by Hidden Brain 'Defect'

surgeryWhen is a brain defect a good thing? When it miraculously deflects the stray bullet of a madman, apparently. Twenty-two-year-old Petra Anderson was shot four times at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Three of those bullets hit Anderson in the arm; the last went through her nose and into her brain.

In "critical" condition, Anderson underwent surgery to remove the bullet in her brain. Before operating, doctors were "concerned" (I bet!) about the extent of her injuries -- would Anderson ever walk or talk again?

Back to that miraculous bullet-deflecting defect ...


During Anderson's five-hour operation, doctors were shocked to find that the bullet did very little damage -- thanks to a small defect in her brain, a defect she never even knew she had. As her pastor, Brad Strait, wrote in his blog:

It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull ... the shotgun buck shot ... enters her brain from the exact point of this defect. 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.

Unbelievable, right?! Talk about fate, or luck, or angels, or I don't even know what. Anderson is still in the hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery. Which is especially good news for her family, as Anderson's mom is currently battling terminal breast cancer. A campaign started by the Hope Rises Relief Fund has already raised over $32,000 to help cover medical costs for both women.

Just unbelievable. I don't even know what else to say.

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