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Miss. woman gets shot in head, but makes tea
« on: April 18, 2009, 05:10:37 pm »

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A Mississippi woman who was shot in the head not only survived but made herself tea and offered an astonished deputy something to drink, authorities said Friday. Tammy Sexton, 47, remained hospitalized three days after being wounded by her husband, who killed himself after he shot his wife. A bullet struck her squarely in the forehead, passed through her skull and exited through the back of her head, authorities said. She is expected to fully recover.

"There's no way she should be alive other than a miracle from God," said Sheriff Mike Byrd of Jackson County, Miss.

Byrd said deputies were looking for Sexton's husband, Donald Ray Sexton, earlier in the week to give him a document ordering him to stay away from his wife. Court records show he was put on probation for six months on April 9 for domestic violence.

He showed up at their home in rural Jackson County in Southeast Mississippi about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday and confronted his wife as a relative ran next door to call police, the sheriff said.

"She was at her bed, and he shot her right in the head," Byrd said. "Then he went out on the back porch and shot himself."

A deputy was greeted by the woman when he arrived minutes after she was shot with the slug from a .380-caliber handgun.

"When the officer got there she said, `What's going on?' She was holding a rag on her head and talking. She was conscious, but she was confused about what had happened," he said. "She had made herself some tea and offered the officer something to drink."

Byrd said the bullet apparently passed through the lobes of the woman's brain without causing major damage. She was rushed to a Mobile hospital by a helicopter.

While such cases may be rare, a neurosurgeon who wasn't involved in Sexton's case said such an outcome is possible. Medical journals also confirm people have been shot in the head with little or no lasting injury.

"There is a space in the brain where a missile could pass without doing any major damage. Is it possible? Yes. It would be rare," said Dr. Patrick Pritchard, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The sheriff called the case bizarre.

"You just don't hear of something like this. Somebody gets shot in the head and they're dead," Byrd said.


Associated Press writer Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss., contributed to this report.

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    Re: Miss. woman gets shot in head, but makes tea
    « Reply #1 on: April 18, 2009, 06:42:31 pm »
    One heckuva lucky lady there. 
    I guess I should offer a passing word of thanks to her husband for offing himself and saving the lady the cost of a divorce and the county the cost of a trial. 

    I have heard of this happening once before -- in WW2.  A soldier on a Pacific Island was shot by a Japanes sniper.  He didn't even know he'd been shot... he returned to his base camp to warn his squad about a sniper, and his C.O> took his helmet off and showed him the bullet hole.  The rifle bullet had gone through his forehead and out the back, bisecting the brain exacty down the center, where there is a natural neural chasm between the right & left hemisphere of the human brain. 
    It's bizarre.

    Oh.    DON'T try this at home, boys and girls. ;D
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    Re: Miss. woman gets shot in head, but makes tea
    « Reply #2 on: April 18, 2009, 06:56:25 pm »
    A very fortunate woman.  It must have passed right between the two lobes, and outside the area in which the ocular nerve passes through (optic chiasm). 

    And it just goes to show the extent to which Southern ladies will go to be hospitable. Tea.  And something to drink for the deputy.   ;D

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