Maddy Wilford's mother is a native of Marietta, GA but her family resides in Florida where the school shooting happened at Stoneman Douglas High School. Her daughter nearly lost her life after sustaining 3 bullet wounds in the massacre.
Wilford spoke out for the first time thanking the first responders and doctors that rushed to save her life. Officer Laz Ojeda, who was the first to get to Maddy, was told to take her to a hospital 30 minutes away because they thought she was 15-years-old, but his instinct told him to ignore that call and get her to the closest hospital, which probably saved her life. The Wilford family could not be more grateful for those who rushed to get this girl help. (WSB-TV)
“I’d just like to say that I’m so grateful to be here and it wouldn’t be possible without the doctors, officers and first responders and these amazing doctors,” Wilford said. “And especially all the love that everyone has sent.”
This is the full press conference with all who where involved in saving this brave young lady! Participating were Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, medical director of trauma services at Broward Health North; Dr. Evan Boyar, medical director of emergency services at the hospital; and Lt. Laz Ojeda of the Coral Springs Fire Department, who transported Wilford.