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Christopher Sparkman has come a long way.

"When he arrived on Tuesday morning he had immediately life-threatening injuries. He was taken right to the operating room minutes after his arrival for a life-threatening hemorrhage," said Dr. Barry Renz, director of Trauma, WellStar Kennestone Medical Center.

Renz said it took two surgeries to stop the bleeding and stabilize Sparkman. Thursday surgeons went back in and reconstructed Sparkman's gastrointestinal tract.

"The surgery involves sowing intestine to intestine. We did that twice, cleaning up dead tissue, dead organs, anything that is destroyed comes out. Then we will wash him out real good taking a look at everything else to make sure it's OK," said Renz.

Renz said the next 24 hours will determine what happens next, more surgery for Sparkman, or more recovery time. Meanwhile he said the other two shooting victims are doing well.

"The 52-year-old female had pellets all over her chest, abdomen, pelvis and thighs. We had to operate on her for several injuries so she is recovering from that surgery and she should be going home in the next couple of days. The third patient had a shotgun wound to the forearm that required some surgery he's already been discharged," Renz said.

Although Renz said Sparkman has a ways to go before he can go home, he said advances in medicine and an experienced staff means the 28-year-old's future is looking bright.

"With trauma, we have come a long way. Even since my training it is light years of change and for the better. So 30 years ago, 40 years ago the outcomes may not have been what they are now," Renz said.

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