Drs: Theater Shooting Survivor + Non-Surgical Bullet Wound Treatment

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The Drs TV: Movie Theater Shooting Survivor

The Doctors welcomed a woman who survived the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. She shared that she decided to go on a road trip with her friend Elizabeth in July of 2012 when they randomly ended up in Aurora. At the last minute, they decided to go to the midnight premiere of the newest Batman movie. About 15 minutes in, a tear gas bomb flew across the screen. She said at first, she thought it was someone playing around, but then gunshots were fired and she realized it was real. She immediately fell the floor and pulled Elizabeth down beside her after noticing she was frozen in her seat.

Drs: Theater Shooting Survivor + Non-Surgical Bullet Wound Treatment

The Doctors talked to a woman who was injured during the Colorado movie theater shooting, and helped her get a life-changing treatment for her injury. (Marcelo Dufflocq / Shutterstock.com)

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There were alarms going off, people screaming, and gunshots going off. She suddenly felt a big bang in her leg that jolted her entire body, and she knew right away that she had been shot. She tried to get up and her knee buckled. She tried to crawl her way to the exit when she saw the shooter, James Holmes, in her aisle, pointing the gun right at her. The gun jammed, which saved her life.

She got to the hospital and was wheeled into the operating room. Her first surgery was eight hours long. They had to give her big fasciotomies because the swelling was so bad, and she had to have a big external fixator put in to hold everything in place. She also had an artery that had burst and needed to be repaired. As soon as she was stable enough, they flew her back to Baton Rouge, and she’s since had six surgeries. She said her knee pain is constant and overwhelming.

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The Doctors: Non-Surgical Treatment For Chronic Knee Pain

The Doctors sent Bonnie Kate to see board certified physician Dr Timothy Davis, whom she told about her constantly aching knee. She said the pain never goes away, but the more she walks on it, the sharper the pain gets. They took an MRI and a CAT scan of the knee and found that she had fragments in the meniscus and her joint line was fragmented. He took Bonnie Kate’s blood to get platelet rich plasma, which has a lot of growth factors in them as well as an enzyme binder. They then would take Bonnie Kate’s bone marrow and concentrate it down to stem cells in her bone marrow. At the same time, he would be placing needles and tackle the nerves in her knee and leg.

Bonnie Kate, her husband Max, and Dr Davis joined The Doctors, and they pointed out how Bonnie Kate had a smile on her face the entire time. Dr Davis explained that they tried to take care of the pain by burning the nerves. He also explained that a defect in the joint line was created where the bullet went into Bonnie Kate’s tibia. He knocked out those nerves and then tried to use her growth factors and stem cells to get the cartilage and joint surface to regenerate.

The Drs TV: Recovering From Bullet Wounds

Dr Drew Ordon said the takeaway from this is that there are non-surgical options out there to promote healing. Dr Davis made it clear that Bonnie Kate will still be sore and it’s not a quick fix. But two or three weeks down the road, she could see a small improvement, although it’s more likely she’ll see the best results even later. Because Bonnie Kate is so young, the PRP treatment will likely work much better for her. Max said they were incredibly grateful for all the support that got them through.

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