Music heals shooting victim’s brain

Anderson Cooper 360

Less than two weeks have passed since 22-year old violist Petra Anderson was shot four times in theater 9, but she is on the road to recovery with the help of her doctors, family and the healing power of music.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained how music may be helping Petra recover. “If you think about trying to sing a song, for example, there are several different parts of your brain that are immediately harnessed,” Gupta said. The tunes are often played by her boyfriend, who is a professional clarinet player. “In someone who is just learning to walk, if you find a song with a particular cadence to it, you can learn how to reestablish your rhythm,” said Gupta.

Petra’s recovery has been considered a “miracle,” because the bullet that went through her brain was just millimeters from striking in a way that could have been more damaging and…

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