This Brave Mama Kept Going After Getting Shot in Las Vegas

Instead of running, the new mom shielded her fiance after he'd been shot in the head.

While authorities continue to question the Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend and we sit and wait for the discovery of the WHY behind all of the tragic horror, tiny glimmers of hope that restore our faith in humanity are beginning to surface.

Like the story of 22-year-old Summer Clyburn, a new mom who took a bullet for her injured fiancé Michael Gracia, the police officer and father of her child who had been shot in the head during the attack on Sunday night.

"If this isn't the definition of a strong woman, I don't know what is," wrote Lauren Harkins on the Love What Matters Facebook page. "Summer took a bullet to the back by a rifle to save someone else's life and is still going strong for her baby and love of her life."

"He told her to run and instead she took off her flannel and wrapped his wound," Harkins continued. "She was putting another layer over him when she was then shot in her back."

What a beautiful example of true love and the strength of human will! Clybrun is the epitome of a hero. And according to a statement from the Ontario Police Department, because of her bravery, Gracia's journey isn't over.

"He underwent surgery this morning and is listed in critical but stable condition," Sgt. Jeff Higbee said in a statement on Monday. And according to a recent Facebook update from Gracia's brother Stephen, the new dad is now doing extremely well.

"Moving around and opening his eyes," he wrote. "CT scan came back great. Gonna take him off the breathing machines today. Summer Clyburn also is now great. Been by my brothers side the whole time. Thankful for her and all the prayers."

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Such an amazing story. Never underestimate the power of a mother's love in a time of crisis. Our thoughts are with this warrior mama and her fiance, and with all of the other victims and their families.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Instagram

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