Well Mannered Southern Gal: Offers Police Tea After Being Shot in Head

April 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Forty-seven year old Mississippi woman, Tammy Sexton somehow managed to survive being shot point-blank in the forehead, with a .38-caliber handgun by her abusive husband, Donald Ray and minutes later, offered an incredulous deputy a cup of tea. Mrs. Sexton, a genuine “steel magnolia,” showing southern charm and nerves of steel, as she held a rag to her head wound sipping a cup of tea, acting the gracious host to her late evening guests as they prepared to get her medical treatment.

The injured woman was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, where she is recovering. The amazed sheriff deputies said the bullet entered the front of Mrs. Sexton’s forehead, passed through her skull and exited through the back of her head. When they arrived at her home, she asked what had happened, having a fuzzy memory of the shooting.

Police say her husband shot himself dead on the back porch, after thinking, he had murdered his wife. Donald Ray had been on probation for domestic violence, and police had been trying to serve him with a restraining order to keep him away from Mrs. Sexton.

Donald Ray, determined to hurt his own wife, burst into their home on Tuesday, shortly after midnight, armed with a handgun. A relative rushed next door to call the police and he found his wife in her bedroom and shot her.

Sheriff Mike Byrd of Jackson County says a “miracle from God” is the only possible explanation for Mrs. Sexton’s survival. Dr. Patrick Pritchard, professor of surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, says a bullet can pass through a very small area of the lobes of the brain, without causing any lasting damage, but it’s extremely rare. Well, that sure sounds like a miracle.

Doctors say Mrs. Sexton is expected to make a full recovery. When she returns to her rural Mississippi home, she can enjoy a cup of sweet tea, no longer in fear for her life.



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