Elderly man saves wife’s life … by accidentally shooting her in neck

Elderly man saves wife’s life … by accidentally shooting her in neck

Steve Ross said what happened to his 75-year-old mother could have been a tragedy. Instead, it may be a blessing.

After Charlene Ross was taken to the hospital Sunday from being struck in the neck with a “birdshot” pellet from a shotgun fired accidentally by her 77-year-old husband, Boyd, doctors found she had a previously undiscovered heart problem — an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.

“There is no question that this has been a blessing on two fronts,” said Charlene’s son, Steve Ross. “One is that only one pellet nicked her out of the shotgun blast and the second is she was able to be checked out and found that there are underlying problems that we can now address.”

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat and can be life threatening. Ross said Thursday that surgery to place a pacemaker in his mother is scheduled for today.

“Had this accident not happened, my mom could have been gone at any time,” he said. “You hate to use cliches, but this is a Christmas miracle.”

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