17-year-old Maddy Wilford spoke publically after sustaining life-threatening gunshot wounds during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
“I’m so grateful to be here and — it wouldn’t be possible without the doctors and first responders. I was sitting on my couch today and just thinking about all the letter and gifts that everyone has given, and just all the love that’s been passed around. I definitely wouldn’t be here without it.” Wilford said.
Wilford was shot multiple times when a gunman opened fire on February 14. First responders found her while clearing a classroom and initially thought she was dead.
Director of Trauma Services, Dr. Igor Nichiporenko stated, “When Maddy came in she was pale, she was not responsive, she was in shock. Immediately, she had to [get] chest tube placement because the wounds in her chest were very severe with massive bleeding.”
Maddy spent days fighting for her life, but after undergoing three surgeries in a 40-hours period, she was released back to her family.
She stated, “Like my mom said, it’s times like these when I know that we need to stick together, and I’ve seen a lot of positive posts about what’s been going on at the school and I just love the fact that we’re sticking together at this.”