Victim of Charlottesville attack still dealing with grueling rec - | WBTV Charlotte

Victim of Charlottesville attack still dealing with grueling recovery 1 year later

Peterson gets around town with her wheelchair and crutches, but said it's been a long healing process. (Source: WCAV/CNN) Peterson gets around town with her wheelchair and crutches, but said it's been a long healing process. (Source: WCAV/CNN)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WCAV/CNN) - It's been a year since a man plowed a car into pedestrians at a protest in Charlottesville, VA.

The attack killed one person and injured several others.

As the anniversary of those events approaches and more white nationalist rallies, and counterprotests, are planned for this weekend in Charlottesville and Washington, DC, Star Peterson is still trying to recover.

"I have two long scars here, they've opened these up three different times,” she said.

Two scars, four surgeries, and one year later, Peterson continues to heal after her leg was run over by a car that plowed into pedestrians during the Unite the Right rally last year, which killed Heather Heyer and injured many others.

"I had those two surgeries right after the attack, but then I got a pretty bad infection earlier this year and had to have two more surgeries, which were not part of the original plan,” Peterson said.

The infection caused a complication in her leg where she had to have two more surgeries and metal plates removed from her leg.

But her healing process isn't over.

"I had another complication after the most recent surgery in April, and so my leg is back in a brace,” she said. “I've lost all the progress I've made in physical therapy because my leg has to be immobilized."

Peterson gets around town with her wheelchair and crutches, but said it's been a long healing process.

She said she was "mostly frustrated just that the healing is so slow.”

“Like other survivors, I'm looking at possible surgery,” she said. “Like many of the other survivors, I'm still not able to work."

Peterson said the X-rays doctors took on her leg show she might need more surgeries to help her fully recover.

"They took another X-ray and realized that the bone was not nearly as healed as they hoped,” she said. “So now they're saying if it doesn't heal enough on its own, I'll have to have a fifth surgery to go put more metal in there."

But, she said, this experience has taught her a valuable lesson about the people close to her.

"My personal community looks out for me and they have my back,” she said. “I'm hoping that Charlottesville will show that they still support survivors."

With a second Unite the Right rally scheduled to take place in Charlottesville this weekend, the city is under a state of emergency so the national guard can be called in if violence erupts again.

Copyright 2018 WCAV via CNN. All rights reserved.

  • National politicsPoliticsMore>>

  • AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

    AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

    Monday, August 20 2018 1:18 PM EDT2018-08-20 17:18:18 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-08-21 00:00:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In a Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel, in New York. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter filed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Manhattan fed...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In a Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel, in New York. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter filed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Manhattan fed...

    Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month.

    More >>

    Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month.

    More >>
  • Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

    Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

    Monday, August 20 2018 2:08 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:08:21 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-08-21 00:00:04 GMT
    The Trump administration is set to roll back a key piece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, proposing regulations that give states wide authority to determine how to restrict greenhouse gas...More >>
    The Trump administration is set to roll back a key piece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, proposing regulations that give states wide authority to determine how to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.More >>
  • No verdict in Manafort trial after 3 days of deliberations

    No verdict in Manafort trial after 3 days of deliberations

    Monday, August 20 2018 12:17 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:17:37 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 7:59 PM EDT2018-08-20 23:59:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. As jurors weigh Manafort’s fate in a sprawli...(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. As jurors weigh Manafort’s fate in a sprawli...

    The trial is the first courtroom test of the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, though the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference.

    More >>

    The trial is the first courtroom test of the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, though the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly