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Kristin Babik, University of Florida student injured in Las Vegas shooting speaks up: Photos

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Las Vegas: The ghost of Las Vegas shooting and the death of 59 people will continue to haunt the people of the US, particularly the ones whose relatives lost their lives in the carnage. The entire nation is in shock and feeling a numbness that cannot be described in words.

More than 500 people who received injuries in the massacre are still in disbelief over what happened to them on that fateful day. Reports suggest that more than hundred people remain in hospital in warying degree of injuries inflicted upon them during the Sunday massacre.

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Reports suggest that several of the hundred people still in hospital are still in serious to critical condition. While many were people injured from the shots fired from semi-automatic rifles that were turned into super lethal automatic weapons remain in hospital, many people were injured in the stampede caused by the shooting.

There were more than 22,000 people during the music festival and the gunman opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Kristin Babik is one of those people who are struggling after being badly injured from shooting. After being shot in the back and nearly becoming paralyzed, Babik says she’s just thankful to have survived.

While talking to the CSBNews, Kristin Babik said, “I couldn’t believe at the time that it was a gun, and I didn’t want to…There was even some people who were yelling, ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry. It’s nothing.’ Second time came around, more people started to realize what it was. And after the third time, we knew.”

She says that the bullet struck the 24-year-old in the back, coming very close to her spine. “I said that because after I was hit, I felt like a splatter or something wet drip down where I was hit. So I was like oh, maybe someone threw their drink or maybe someone’s just being silly…I started running toward the back. And I realized I couldn’t breathe.”

She went on to describe how she managed to flee from the overcrowded place with tens of thousands of people running in every direction trying to flee the scene of the carnage. “We made our way to a fence because the other exits were too full and there were people on the other side helping people get over. And someone caught me. And I was so scared. And they gave me the biggest hug. And they told me everything’s gonna be okay,” Kristin Babik told the CBSNews.

A third year student of the law school at the University of Florida (UF Levin College of Law), she was somehow taken to the hospital with the help of some of her friends. She says that she continued to ask only a single question to the doctor treating her, ” ‘Am I gonna be okay? All I want to do is graduate law school.’ And when she told me the bullet was in my spine or close to it, then my second question was, ‘Am I gonna be paralyzed? Am I gonna be able to walk again?’ And she told me when I woke up after they put the tube in my chest, ‘You’re gonna graduate and you’re gonna be able to run a marathon. You’re gonna run again”.

 

 

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