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Professor recovers from shooting

Sept. 27, 1996

McManess watches medical bills pile up after mission trip accident

McManess

By Anna Hogue

Lariat Reporter

A case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time has turned into a $20,000 experience.

An article in the Welcome Week edition of The Lariat described Dr. Linda McManess, assistant professor of Spanish and director of the world affairs minor, being shot in the leg during a gang shooting Aug. 3 while on a summer youth mission trip in Chicago.

McManess has recovered since the harrowing experience.

'I'm doing just fine,' McManess said, laughing. 'I'm almost back to normal. I'm no longer using a cane or parking in handicapped parking.'

McManess said she had to have minor surgery on her leg Aug. 20 because the bullet caused an abscess and had to be removed.

Surgery did not interfere with her returning to the University and her fourth floor office in Draper Academic Building.

'The second day of school, I was asked if I could do stairs because the elevator went out,' McManess said. 'I said, 'I don't know, I haven't tried the stairs.''

She said it was difficult during the first week because she had to use her cane on the stairs.

'It was bad,' McManess said. 'It makes you very sympathetic toward people with disabilities. It really increases your sensitivity.'

She said the only trauma she now suffers is seeing the medical bills pile up.

'I have not received the ambulance bill yet, but it looks like this is going to be a $20,000 experience,' McManess said. 'Thank goodness for insurance.'

She said the police have not caught the person who shot her.

'I don't want to say that it's hanging over my head, but I really do not want to go back to Chicago and testify,' McManess said.

If she is needed to testify at all, she said she hopes she could testify by letter.

As for now, McManess said is keeping a sense of humor and trying to survive the medical bills.

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