Denver survivor's 'miracle' escape after shotgun pellet passed through her brain

Neurosurgeon Dr Michael Rauzzino, indicates the path of the shotgun pellet through Petra Anderson's brain.
Neurosurgeon Dr Michael Rauzzino, indicates the path of the shotgun pellet through Petra Anderson's brain. Credit: Miranda Leitsinger / NBC News

A victim of the Denver shooting is lucky to be after alive being hit by a shotgun blast during the attack that killed 12 people last Friday, NBC news reports.

Three pellets struck 22-year-old Petra Anderson's arm and one went through her head but missed the brain's many blood vessels and key sections controlling vital functions.

Her neurosurgeon, Dr Michael Rauzzino said: "I would say this is definitely a miracle.

"If the pellet had wavered a millimetre, really in any direction from what it actually took, then she would have likely either died or been severely injured."

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