Bryan man, survivor of April’s mass shooting, recovering after 23 surgeries
Nathan Whited’s mother says he still has a long road to recovery.
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - A Bryan man remains in the hospital after being shot multiple times in a mass shooting in April.
Nathan Whited, 29, worked at Kent Moore Cabinets for five years as a cabinet maker when a gunman opened fire killing one person, and injuring five on April 8.
Nathan’s brother Randy tells KBTX that he carried his wounded brother out of the building the day it happened. His mother, Lenita Whited, says she was crushed when she got the call about her son.
“I received a phone call from my son Randy. He said that my son Nathan, his brother, had been shot multiple times,” said Whited.
Three of Whited’s sons work at Kent Moore Cabinets, and she says she was so scared for all three of them.
“My world had fell apart,” said Whited. “I could have lost a majority of my family that day.”
Whited says her son was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan where life saving measures began immediately. Over the first two days, Whited says her son was touch and go.
“He was basically dead, and they had cracked his chest,” said Whited. “And if you don’t know what that is, it is basically the last resort to save someone’s life.”
Whited says her son has been fighting for his life for nearly nine weeks. She says he has had 23 surgeries to fix a multitude of problems. Nearly one month ago, Nathan was transferred to a hospital in Houston where he remains.
Whited says she has mixed emotions knowing how much pain her son has been in.
“What is heartbreaking is he was a hero in this,” said Whited. “I say that with pride and hurt all at the same time. If it wasn’t for my son trying to stop the gentleman, a lot more people would have got hurt.”
Whited says her son’s doctors believe he still has a long way to go. She says almost every day they find something else wrong that they need to fix.
As that long road continues, Whited says she hopes people think twice about the pain they cause when they do things like this.
“Look at what it does to families, how it rips families lives apart, and the pain, and the heartache,” said Whited. “And its not just the person it happened to. It’s the family, it is the friends, so many people.”
The accused gunman, Larry Bollin, remains in the Brazos County Detention Center on a $3.2 million bond. The Brazos County District Clerk’s Office says Bollin’s case has yet to be presented to a Grand Jury, but should be soon. After that, is when a court date should be set.
The family says they have set up a GoFundMe to help with the medical expenses for Nathan Whited.
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