Watch: Girl, 6, who survived shooting reunites with EMS providers

Bri'Alle McNeil survived multiple gunshot wounds that damaged her colon, liver, pancreas and arm


By Laura French

PIKE TOWNSHIP, Ind. — A young shooting survivor in Indiana reunited Thursday with the EMS providers who saved her life last year. 

Bri'Alle McNeil, 6, suffered multiple gunshot wounds last November when stray bullets entered her bedroom as she slept, according to WTHR. Bri'Alle's mother Angel McNeill said she heard the gunshots and checked on her children, finding her son safe but her daughter bleeding in her bed with a hole in her arm. 

"I didn't notice she had been shot multiple times. I only noticed that one wound and just kept telling her how beautiful and strong she was and to keep fighting," Angel McNeill told WTHR. 

Bri'Alle's mother called 911 and got help from her neighbors until Pike Township Fire Department crews arrived. Capt. Aaron Bell said while he has responded to many shootings, it is always more difficult when there is a child involved. He said the call that night was a "load-and-go situation" and Bri'Alle was immediately transported to the hospital. 

The 6-year-old suffered damage to her colon, liver, pancreas and right arm, and underwent emergency surgery, according to Dr. Matt Landlan, the trauma medical director at Riley's Hospital for Children. He said the girl has made a "miraculous" full recovery. 

Watch the reunion below: 

 

A very special day at Pike Twp FD. In the Fall of 2020, 6-year old Bri' Alle McNeil was sleeping in her bed when a...

Posted by Pike Township Fire Department on Thursday, May 13, 2021

 

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