This Woman Caring for Her Baby After Getting Shot Is the Definition of a Strong Mom

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At first, Summer Clyburn wasn't hurt when a gunman started shooting at a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. However, her fiancé, Michael Garcia, was shot in the temple while standing right next to her. Instead of running for her life, 22-year-old Summer dove down to use her body to protect the father of her newborn baby, and to shield his massive head wound from further bullets that were raining down into the crowd. Moments later, she was shot in the back -- but she continued to shield her partner.


Michael, an off-duty police officer, was rushed to emergency surgery for the bullet that entered the left side of his head and is in critical condition. While he fights to recover at Sunrise Hospital, an emotional photo of Summer waiting in the hall is going viral as it shows her caring for their 3-month-old daughter, despite having just been shot herself, while doctors work to save Michael's life.

"If this isn't the definition of a strong woman, I don't know what is," friend Lauren Harkins wrote on Facebook. "Summer took a bullet to the back by a rifle to save someone else's life and is still going strong for her baby and love of her life. She took the bullet for her fiancé. He was shot in his left temple and he told her to run and instead she took off her flannel and wrapped his wound." 

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According to Lauren, Summer was putting another layer over Michael's injury when she was shot herself, and because the bullet shattered inside of her, doctors aren't able to remove it. "Summer Clyburn, I admire you more than you'll ever know," she wrote.

That feeling is shared by thousands of others -- friends, family, and strangers -- who heard what Summer did for Michael or saw this photo of her cradling baby Vayda in the aftermath. "The love between those two [is] real and they are new parents and new parents shouldn't be going through this," family friend Jesse Rivera wrote on a Go Fund Me page started for the couple. "I want to raise money to help with any medical bills and general bills and necessities so they don't have to worry."

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Summer Clyburn/Facebook

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Summer Clyburn/Facebook

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According to Michael's brother, Stephen Garcia, he's making great progress with plans to take him off the breathing machine as he moves around and opens his eyes. Summer is also doing well and is still Michael's -- and their child's -- unwavering support as she recovers from her own injury. "[She's] been by my brother's side the whole time," Stephen wrote on Facebook.

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