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Shooting victim finally "sees" doctors who saved her

Jenni Rowe has come to the Medical Center of Central Georgia for the second time, but this time isn't as terrifying at the first.

"They were calling out my vital signs, and I kept hearing them say 'Push more Fentanyl', cause it was hurting and I was screaming," she said.

Rowe was shot last year on the fourth of July.

She walked outside to the porch of her East Bibb home. Her son Alex was right behind her.

"I stand up, he was behind me and the next thing I know, I was hit," she said.

Rowe dialed 911 immediately and said she was in shock. Her husband took the phone, before she collapsed.

"I tried to make it to the couch, and everything went black and I hit the floor."

She was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia's Trauma unit.

"When she came in she was talking to us and we found the location of the gunshot wound which was on her left chest," said Dr. Tracy Nolan.

She is the Trauma Unit Chief. Nolan had to put in a chest tube into Rowe's chest because her left lung had collapsed.

" (We) got out some of the blood, but then some of that blood clotted around the chest tube, wouldn't drain out and she had to have a surgical procedure the next day to evacuate that blood," said Dr. Dennis Ashley, the Trauma Unit's director.

But the real shock is that the whole time, Rowe couldn't see anything.

She says she could only hear the chaos going on around her.

Rowe says after she was shot, she blacked out. Dr. Nolan suspects it's because her body went into shock.

"I'm hearing all these voices and at the time I still couldn't see," Rowe said.

She says the shooter hasn't been identified, but she and police believe celebratory gunfire is to blame.

"My kids are really big on superheroes. These are real life heroes," Rowe said with a smile.

She and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office both want to warn the public about celebratory gunfire, shots that are randomly fired in the air on certain holidays, like July 4th.

But the Sheriff's department says those random shots can fall to earth at speeds of 200 miles per hour or more.

Rowe encourages using other objects, like fire sparklers to celebrate 4th of July.


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