Hope Rises For Petra Anderson, Survivor of Aurora Shooting

I’ve mentioned the Act One screenwriting and producing program numerous times on this blog. With a grounding in Christian values, they train talented writers and aspiring producers to work in the entertainment industry in order to improve popular culture from the inside.

It turns out that twenty-two-year-old Petra Anderson, the sister of Act Oner Chloe Anderson, was one of the wounded in Friday’s movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Three shotgun pellets hit Petra’s arm, one pellet went through her nose, rode up the back of her cranium, and hit the back of her skull. Miraculously, she survived and seems to be on the road to recovery following neurosurgery. Her family, however, will have a difficult time with medical bills both because of Petra’s surgery and the fact that her mother, Kim, is also being treated for aggressive cancer.

UPDATE: Petra’s story has another miraculous element, according to her pastor Brad Strait. He wrote on his blog, “The doctor explains that Petra’s brain has had from birth a small “defect” in it. It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull…Only a CAT scan would catch it, and Petra would have never noticed it. But in Petra’s case, 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.”

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About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.