Linda Sperling considers herself blessed. Had she turned her head or stepped an inch to the side on the afternoon of Jan. 26, she may be dead.
The 65-year-old Brush Prairie woman was outside on her 5-acre property collecting branches from a recent windstorm when she heard what sounded like an explosion.
“I didn’t even realize I’d been shot,” she said. She put her hand to her head and pulled it back to find blood on her gardening glove.
After she was rushed to an area hospital, doctors told her that a bullet entered and exited her scalp. She was treated and released, but continues to suffer from a concussion, memory and vision problems, and a constant headache. But she keeps in mind that she’s lucky.
“What if it was a quarter-inch deeper?” she said. “It’s just not my time.”