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Fri, July 19

Kingman Letter: Thanks to Dr. James Gonzales and all the lovely nurses in the ICU

On Dec. 27 last year, my husband was working on his car when a man pulled up and told him "taste my lead," and shot him multiple times with an SKS assault riffle at close range. He was shot in both legs and abdomen. He lost half the blood in his entire body that first night. He was in a coma for 11 days and we believe it was Divine Intervention that he is with us today.

My husband and I do not know this man and are still unsure of the reason; we struggle daily to understand. Life has been bleak. We have been emotionally and financially devastated. My husband is still physically healing and has overcome tremendous odds. As our anger is almost too much to bear, we give God our vengeance and believe He will give us justice.

Although my husband, Donald Stickrath, struggles daily through the pain and limitations this has brought, he continues to have a positive attitude and his strength is amazing. I need everyone to know how deeply thankful I am for saving his life.

Dr. James Gonzales, thank you, all the lovely nurses in the ICU who treated him afterwards, all the paramedics who were on duty, we want all of you to know how tremendously grateful we are. Anyone who was in the ER, thank you so much for saving my husband, the father of my two beautiful children.

To the police officers who responded so quickly, thank you as well. To any neighbors or witnesses, whoever was holding me while waiting for the ambulance, thank you. To all our family and friends who prayed for us and helped us, thank you. To the men who built the wheelchair ramp, we thank you. We are so very grateful and want the public to know that the staff at KRMC are true heroes, saving lives everyday.

Thank you so much.

Theresa Stickrath

Kingman

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