Madeleine Wilford survived shooting at Florida school


by Judith Van Duinen

Posted on February 25, 2018

Madeleine Wilford survived shooting at Florida school

The 17 years old Madeleine Wilford was shot four times during the Florida school shooting. Luckely she survived on a miraculously way. She said that she “felt a sense of peace”.

Madeleine was in her psychology class when Nikolas Cruz started shooting. She heard the shots being fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoon in Florida.

She told the Deseret News that Nikolas Cruz was a few classrooms away and was shooting through each classroom door, one by one.

Madeleine told that she got pushed to the middle of the classroom as students dived to the floor.

“All of a sudden I felt a shot hit me,” Madeleine said. “I realised I was shot and an immense amount of pain went over me. The first thing I thought was that I was going to die. I was screaming, ‘Help me! Help me!’ I was frantic. I didn’t know what to do.” She did not talk about the feeling of the other three bullets.

Before she slumped against a wall and blacked out, she said she “felt a sense of peace”.

To slow the blood loss, first-responders put gunshot patches on her shot wounds.

Madeleine was put on a ventilator by the doctors. She had three tendons in her right arm reattached and titanium plates fused to her broken ribs

The responded SWAT team from the shooting visited her in the hospital. They said that her survival should help lift others.

David Wilford told the Deseret News “She’s serving as a thing people can look to and see as a sign of hope,” Also, he told that “She was shot four times with an assault rifle at close range and now she’s sitting downstairs a week later with two friends from church, laughing. I can’t even believe it.”

Madeleine got also a visit from United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. They offered to write her a recommendation letter for her university application.

Missy Cantrell Wilford, her mother, thanked God for saving her daughter.

“I feel blessed beyond words, knowing that many didn’t survive,” she said. “She had a bullet that went through her back, crushing her ribs, piercing through her right lung and exiting through her stomach.”

“Several went through the shoulder and travelled the length of her right arm before exiting ... Even after all of that, the bullets missed her liver, reproduction organs, heart, she could have been paralysed. It is a miracle,” she said.

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