Doctors say third victim in WDBJ shooting is ‘poster child’ for recovery

(Photo: Vicki's Recovery Page/Facebook)

ROANOKE, Va. (WRIC/WSLS) — The only survivor in last week’s tragic shooting that left two Virginia journalists dead near Smith Mountain Lake is doing well.

Vicki Gardner, of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed during a live broadcast by WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward when the three were shot by Vester Flanagan, a former reporter at the TV station two of the victims worked at. Parker and Ward were fatally wounded.

Gardner’s husband said that Vicki was able to make it to the ambulance on scene by herself — even after taking a bullet in her back. She underwent surgery and was put into a medically induced coma. She woke up on Thursday afternoon after her second surgery.

A Facebook page has been created providing updates on Gardner’s recovery. On Sunday, a new update was posted that said Vicki had been declared a “poster child for bullet wound recovery.”

Gardner is looking at about three months of recovery.

Her husband, Tim Gardner, said Vicki is in good spirits.

Tim Gardner described the shooting after Vicki woke up and told him what she remembered. Tim said the gunman missed his wife twice when she then dove to the ground, curled up in a ball and was shot in the back.

“But the surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking, and a couple of centimeters more and she wouldn’t be alive,” he added.

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