A student wounded in the Parkland high school shooting that killed 17 people is in the hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Wedneday’s massacre.
Stoneman Douglas girls basketball coach Marilyn Heinrich revealed on Facebook that Maddy Wilford, a junior at the high school, was seriously injured in the shooting and is expected to undergo her third surgery on Thursday. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Wilford’ mother, Missy, said that it’s unclear how many times she was shot but that the bullets went through her back, crushed her ribs, and pierced her right lung before they exited through her stomach.
One of my basketball players is fighting for her life! Please pray for Maddy Wilford. She was shot several times Keep…
“Several went through the shoulder and traveled the length of her right arm before exiting,” the girl’s mother reportedly said, adding that she lost a lot of blood following the shooting.
Missy said that her daughter will undergo surgery Thursday to have titanium plates put in to hold her ribs together, the newspaper reported. She is reportedly on a ventilator as her ribs are crushing one of her lungs but doctors are hopeful that she’ll survive.
“Even after all of that, the bullets missed her liver, reproduction organs, heart, she could have been paralyzed,” the mother said.
“It is a miracle.”
Maddy’s brother was also at Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday when the shooting occurred. WXIA reported that he wasn’t harmed.
[Featured Image: Maddy Wilford/Facebook]