How One Bullet Shattered A Body and a Family

Posted by on April 14, 2018 in Films & TV, Internet, Media & Arts with 0 Comments

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San Diego (CNN):

Just one bullet.

It shattered Chelsea Romo’s left eye. It nearly blinded her right.
It exploded inside her head. It caused two hematomas that physically shifted the position of her brain.
Shrapnel exploded throughout her skull and face. So much that it clogged a machine doctors later used to suck out the debris.
That single high-velocity bullet was among 1,100 others fired by the Las Vegas gunman who attacked the crowd at a country music festival five months ago.
It did exactly what a round fired by an AR-15 was intended to do: inflict maximum damage. Rounds from similar guns caused the brutal physical wounds suffered by victims in Las Vegas, a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and a school in Parkland, Florida. It is why the AR-15 and similar rifles are again at the forefront of today’s student-led debate about whether some guns simply should not be available to civilians.

Chelsea Romo, with her children Blakely and Gavin, before she was shot.

A piece of shrapnel that came to the surface of Chelsea Romo's nose.

The 28-year-old mother of a 5-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl thought she would never get to see them again.

“I’ve thought about as my daughter grew up and not seeing her get married or seeing her become a woman and seeing her face as she matures,” Romo says.
But Romo has experienced what her eye doctors repeatedly tell her is a miracle. Her left eye is an empty socket. But with the help of a hard lens she must put in and pop out each day, the sight in her right eye is getting better.

Total blackness to a blurry light

Romo doesn’t remember the gunshot that changed her life. She was standing in the front row at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas on October 1 when the gunfire started and her friend told her to duck.
Romo held the left side of her face as she turned to her friend.
“I can’t see,” Romo told her. Everything was orange.

After that, it was total blackness for a week.

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