College Station Shooting Victim Making Remarkable Recovery

By: John Gilbert Email
By: John Gilbert Email

A woman who survived the shooting in College Station on Monday is making a remarkable recovery at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

When Barbara Holdsworth of Houston arrived at the hospital, doctors say she was bleeding very badly, and was in unstable condition.

Holdsworth is one of those people who fits that old cliché of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

She was shot as she pulled her vehicle into a driveway in the 600 block of Highlands Street in College Station, not knowing that an armed man being served an eviction notice had shot a Brazos County Constable, and was continuing to shoot.

Holdsworth had been moving her Texas A&M student daughter out of a rental house to a sorority house.

4 days later, her family, friends, and St. Joseph Hospital held a news conference. Doctors say it took a lot of dedicated people from EMTs, to emergency room doctors, nurses, and trauma surgeons to save her life.
After all she suffered two very serious gunshot wounds, the bullets taking routes nobody may ever understand.

"One to the left chest. The bullet entered her left chest, split in half and went on either side of her heart, and it did not damage her heart. The other bullet entered her right shoulder and exited her left shoulder, crossed her back, broke multiple bones along her spine, multiple ribs, but did not violate her spinal chord. So she is amazingly blessed", said Dr. Adair deBerry-Carlisle, Trauma Services Medical Director at St. Joseph Hospital.

Friends took time to praise law enforcement, 1st responders, and medical personnel.

And one of Barbara's closest friends talked about the vigil all week long at the hospital. Andrea Jones said, "As a family, it's been really tough on her friends, but we have done this together and it is nothing short of the most incredible sight of praying people you have ever seen."

And with all the sadness this community has endured this week, there is at least some uplifting news. Barbara Holdsworth is recovering, with the help of one more doctor.

Dr. deBerry-Carlisle said, "You know they say there are so many different doctors that contributed to this success, but apparently Dr. Pepper helps 'cause she had a little bit of that. (laughs)."

Doctors say she still has a long road to recovery and is still listed in serious condition.

But they say she is talking, alert, and walked around the intensive care unit on Friday.

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