PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ！ Just 10 days ago, a terrifying ordeal. Chopper 3 flew over the basketball court at Hancock Rec Center, where a woman and a 16-year-old had been shot. Now, we¨re hearing from the woman paralyzed after she was shot on the playground after a game of kickball with her friends.
Ten days ago, Amanda Lyons was a ＾normal￣ 35-year-old wife and health care professional, but a game of kickball with her friends and a stray bullet changed that. Lyons¨ story is putting a face on the devastation gun violence causes so many innocent people across the city.
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＾I keep thinking that I am going to wake up from a really bad nightmare,￣ Lyons said.
Lyons spoke with Eyewitness News from her hospital room at Magee Rehab 10 days after a weeknight game of kickball with her friends, a tradition eight years strong, changed everything.
＾The next thing I know is, I hear, ｀pop, pop, pop,’￣ Lyons.
Just after 9 p.m. on May 19, police say a gunman fired at least five shots onto Hancock Playground in Fishtown.
＾The third or fourth shot, I felt myself fall backward,￣ Lyons said.
Lyons was struck by a single bullet in her back, very close to her spine.
＾My friends and I are in health care and I knew immediately what that meant when my legs went numb,￣ she said.
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She was immediately paralyzed from her waist down, undergoing three major surgeries so far and about to start weeks and months of physical and occupational therapy.
＾I have to consider doing everything differently, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, getting out of bed, sleeping,￣ she said.
With the shooter still out there, she¨s worried for others in her neighborhood and is urging others to stand up for the innocent victims of gun violence.
＾We live three blocks from there,￣ Lyons said, ＾so the impact is going to last. Essentially, I don¨t feel safe going back home. ´ Gun violence is not a joke. We need to remember this when we¨re going to vote.￣
A 16-year-old was also shot once in the shoulder that night but is in stable condition.
There is a GoFundMe page set up to help with medical costs that Lyons will face.
If you have any information about the shooting, you¨re asked to call the police.
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CBS3¨s Alicia Roberts reports.