Rare brain defect saves woman shot in massacre
By Nick Allen, Brisbane Times, Australia
The survival of a woman shot in the head during the Colorado cinema massacre has been hailed as a miracle after a shotgun pellet traversed the precise course of a brain defect she was unaware she had....
According to her family Petra Anderson, 22, a musician, lived because she had a rare genetic condition that left her with a small channel of fluid running from the front to the back of her brain.
When she was shot in the face, the projectile followed the exact course of the defect, avoiding vital areas and lodging in the rear of her head. Doctors removed it after five hours of surgery.
Her sister Chloe Anderson, 25, said: ''It entered right through her nose. It went all the way through her brain and to the back of her skull. It did little damage, which is a mystery to many people, including the doctors.''
Ms Anderson's mother, Kim Anderson, who has terminal cancer, said her daughter was expected to make a full recovery. ''I believe that she was not only protected by God, but that she was actually prepared for it,'' she said.
Ms Anderson, a violinist, had recently graduated from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in California, and is due to start a master's degree in Maryland.
So next time something goes wrong or you encounter a "defect," think twice before griping about it. Who knows, it just might be a blessing in disguise!