Dec 5, 2015 2:43 PM
New Hampshire woman injured in California shooting recovering from surgery
A former New Hampshire woman injured in the San Bernadino shooting is on the road to recovery at the Loma Linda University Medical Center.
According to an interview with her mother in the Adventist Review, Amanda Gaspard was hit multiple times with shrapnel in multiple locations, including the head, arm and leg.
“She was so worried about us that she asked a coworker to call us,” she said. “That poor woman was in shock herself but managed to tell us that Amanda had been shot," Diane Gaspard said.
Amanda was taken to surgery for wounds to her saphenous vein, a major leg vein and the longest vein in the human body, the religious publication reported. Her parents flew to California right after the shooting to be at her side.
Gaspard, 31, who grew up in Hinsdale and whose parents still live there, was overseeing a conference and holiday luncheon organized by the San Bernardino County Health Department at a social services center in San Bernardino when two assailants went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 21.
“She was in charge of the meeting that day. In God’s mercy, she had just dismissed everyone for a short break or there would have been more people in the room,” her mother said.
“We believe that because of her loving kindness the shooter did not kill her. He stood over her and shot her. He could easily have aimed at her head but shot her in the leg instead,” Diane Gaspard said.
She reported Amanda was stable Thursday and was more concerned for her coworkers than for herself.
According to the Keene Sentinel, cards and notes can be sent to Amanda Gaspard at Loma Linda University Medical Center, 11234 Anderson St., Loma Linda, Calif. 92354.