Shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers updates public in emotional live video

Posted at 11:09 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 23:09:29-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Shooting survivor Tiana Carruthers says she’ll need to go under the knife for next phase of her recovery.

In a live video posted to Facebook Thursday, Carruthers says she’s trying to stay positive as she prepares for two surgeries on her legs.

“I’m not excited,” Carruthers said. “But its hard. I’m trying to keep a smile on my face.”

She thanked her supporters, saying that she’s going to keep going and keep smiling despite the challenges facing her after being shot at in February.

“Am I moping around, am I sad?” she said. “I’m not. I’m thankful. I’m just trying to stay positive.”

She says she keeps seeing the doctors and will have the surgeries back-to-back in the next couple weeks.

Carruthers was one of two people to survive a deadly mass shooting in Kalamazoo. She was shot shielding children from a gunman. Six others were later gunned down.