Posted on July 24, 2012 · Posted in Brain Injury

Out of the horror of the “Dark Knight”  massacre last week has come a miracle: A young musician who was shot in the head apparently hasn’t suffered major brain damage. How? She has a birth defect, discovered as the result of her gunshot wound, that saved her.

The woman, 22-year-old Petra Anderson, was among those fired upon by accused killer James Holmes at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. She was hit four times with shotgun pellets, with one of them traveling through her nose to the back of her skull, according to the New York Daily News.

The prognosis wasn’t good for Anderson, according to her pastor, Brad Strait of the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo. On his blog, Strait wrote that it was feared Anderson would have major brain damage that would affect various functions, according to the News.

Surgeons worked on Anderson five hours and removed the bullet. They discovered that it had entered her brain at the precise spot where she had a defect — “a tiny vein of fluid extending through her skull that only a CAT scan could catch,” according to Strait.

The bullet apparently traveled through that vein, thereby missing the crucial parts of her brain, the Daily News reported.

Now Anderson is out of the ICU, and is walking and speaking.

Anderson’s mother, Kim, was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, tragically.

The Anderson family has created a website,, to raise funds for the medical care of both Petra and he mother, according to the Daily News.







About the Author

Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447