Columbus woman speaks out about domestic violence

Columbus woman speaks out about domestic violence

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus woman is speaking out about domestic violence. She speaks about her near death experience and the fight to regain control of her life.

Angela Straker, a victim of domestic violence, tells News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne that her greatest gift came from the tragedy.

A little more than 20 years ago a Straker began fighting one of the toughest battles of her life. She was shot in the head... by her husband.

The bullet pierced through Straker's brain, lodging into the right side... where it remains to this day.

Unable to care for herself, Straker's future seemed grim. "I was not able to walk at all. The doctors kept saying that I would never be able to do anything, and that I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life," says Straker.

Shortly after receiving that diagnosis she got an even more shocking report from her doctors. She was pregnant.

With a bullet lodged in her brain and unable to perform daily duties, Straker gave birth to a baby girl. Unable to properly care for her daughter she had to give her up for adoption.

"She's had a wonderful life, she just graduated high school," says Straker.

Battling depression and all the challenges life was throwing at her, Straker says she vowed to get better.

Although Straker still uses a walker to help her get around; she says she's getting stronger every day.

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