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'Dark Knight Rises' shootings victim saved by brain 'defect'?

A rare brain condition may have saved the life of a woman shot in Colorado

A rare brain condition may have saved the life of one of the victims of last week's Colorado shootings.

12 people were killed in the tragic incident, which took place last Friday (July 20) at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Denver. Over 50 others were injured, including 22-year-old Petra Anderson.

Anderson sustained three gunshots to the arm and a fourth bullet went through her nose into her brain - a potentially fatal strike. However, thanks to a neurological abnormality that she did not know she had, the bullet was diverted away from the most vital zones of her brain.

Anderson's brain condition has been described by her pastor, Brad Strait of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado, who wrote on his blog: "The doctor explains that Petra's brain has had from birth a small 'defect' in it. It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull, like a tiny vein through marble, or a small hole in an oak board, winding from front to rear."

Strait also explained how the 'defect' may have helped to save Anderson's life, adding: "Like a marble through a small tube, the defect channels the bullet from Petra's nose through her brain. It turns slightly several times, and comes to rest at the rear of her brain. And in the process, the bullet misses all the vital areas of the brain. In many ways, it almost misses the brain itself."

As of today (July 26), Anderson is still recovering in hospital, but she has left intensive care. Family friend Andrew Roblyer told CNN that she has begun courses of speech and physical therapy and is already able to walk, talk and laugh.

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