RALEIGH, North Carolina – Lynn Gardner, the only victim still in the Hedingham Ward hospital recovering from October 13 who killed five people, is getting stronger, family members have said.
“Each day Lynn gets stronger. Please send prayers that her medical team is able to completely wean her off the ventilator,” her loved ones wrote.
Family and friends have been with Gardner day and night.
The 60-year-old underwent jaw surgery on Friday morning and remains in intensive care.
Gardner’s niece was out of town when she heard news of a mass shooting in her aunt’s neighborhood.
“It’s a really good neighborhood, my kids walk this street,” said Tasha Moore, who rushed to Raleigh to be by her side. “I saw my aunt and immediately wanted to know what had happened.”
Gardner was visiting a neighbor when she was shot in the driveway. She was rushed to WakeMed with serious injuries. Over the past week, she has undergone several surgeries and is still fighting for her life.
“She’s going to be okay,” Moore said.
His niece says she knows something about it.
” She’s looking at me. She knows I’m there. She knows I’m in the room. She knows I’m not going anywhere, so she answers.”
Lynn has a long road to recovery, but she is far from alone.
“I am processing it. I’m just going to keep the faith, keep praying and tell you what my aunt would say – that too will pass,” Moore said.
It is not yet known when Lynn will be released. For now, the focus is solely on his recovery. The family thanks everyone for all the good wishes.