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Miami Hospital Sent Woman Home With Just A Band-Aid Without Realizing She Had A Bullet Lodged In Her Head

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Shakena Jefferson and her wife Janet Medley were getting into their car to go grocery shopping when bullets started flying.

The drive-by, which was committed from atop an ATV and was over in mere seconds, left three people injured.

Shakena was one of them, but she was lucky.

The bullet merely grazed her head, leaving her in need of nothing more than a band-aid and some antibiotics. At least that's what the hospital said.

The hospital was wrong.

Shakena, before the shooting.WPLG Local 10 / YouTube

It wasn't long after the shooting and her release from the hospital that Shakena and her wife knew something was wrong. Shakena began experiencing terrible headaches which evolved into episodes of short-term memory loss.

According to her wife, Shakena started repeating herself and then forgetting what she had said, only to repeat herself again. She also complained that she could feel something moving in her head.

After three days, the women knew they needed help and went to a different hospital. This one did x-rays—something the previous hospital had neglected to do—and found a bullet lodged in Shakena's skull.

Shakena, after she was released from the first hospital. Note the band-aid visible near her temple.WPLG Local 10 / YouTube

That bullet required emergency surgery to remove, but Shakena is expected to make a full recovery in time. Police still have no motive or suspect.

The victims were all part of the LGBT+ community, but authorities are not sure if that is something the shooter knew or not.

Local news covered Shakena's story.

That brought national attention to Shakena's story—which soon hit Twitter.


If there's any lesson here, it may be to get a second opinion before accepting just a bandaid for a gunshot wound.