Red Lake survivor Jeff May rang the closing bell yesterday at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of being named Readers Digest hero of the year. May was selected for his actions in the Red Lake school shooting by tackling Jeff Weise and saving at least a dozen people from being shot. May was shot in the face by Weise. Jeff May suffered a stroke while recovering from the gunshot. May was selected by the readers of Readers Digest in an online poll. His story in Readers Digest can be read here.
Some good news out of Red Lake for once. Jeffrey May was allowed to leave the hospital today. May suffered a stroke after being shot by Jeff Weise while May was trying to defend two other students. Unfortunately his mother Jodi is still in guarded condition after suffering a stroke believed to have been brought about by the stress of the situation. My thoughts and prayers are still with the May family at this time.
I guess we can officially say the Red Lake shootings have claimed another victim. I told you about Jeff May here and how he was shot in the face by Jeff Weise after stabbing Weise with a pencil while trying to defend two girls. After he was shot Jeff May suffered a stroke. His mother, Jodi May, also suffered a stroke on April 30th. Family members attribute it to the stress of the unimaginable situation that she and her family are going through.
It’s been a week since Jodi’s surgery, and her family has seen what they believe to be signs that she will recover. Doctors have removed the tube that was draining fluid from her head.
“She gives us the thumbs up or down when we ask her questions,” Trisha said, the same communication Jeff used during the earliest stages of his recovery.
“She opens her eyes,” Shane added. “She squeezes our hands when we ask her to.”
No one can say for sure whether she understands everything they say. But they believe.
Please keep the May family in your thoughts and prayers.