FedEx shooting victim leaves hospital for home
by Hilary Butschek
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Christopher Sparkman, who suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the April 29 FedEx shootings, gets a kiss from his wife, Jamie Lynn, at a welcome-home reception. <br>Special to the MDJ
Christopher Sparkman, who suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the April 29 FedEx shootings, gets a kiss from his wife, Jamie Lynn, at a welcome-home reception.
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KENNESAW — The FedEx security guard who was shot at close range while at work in late April was allowed to leave the hospital on Sunday and go home for the first time since the shooting.

Christopher Sparkman, 28, of Canton, has been recovering at WellStar Kennestone Hospital from a gunshot to the abdomen since April 29. That day, FedEx worker Geddy Kramer, 19, of Acworth, shot him at the company’s sorting facility in Kennesaw. After shooting Sparkman, Kramer then shot five others at a warehouse on the property and then shot himself.

The others injured at the scene have since been released from the hospital.

Sparkman’s wound to the stomach punctured his intestines, so he needed surgeries to reconstruct those organs. Sparkman spent almost three months in the hospital before leaving Sunday to continue recovering at home, according to Tyler Pearson, a WellStar spokesman.

Sparkman’s wife, Jamie Lynn, made a website to detail his recovery that she frequently posts on to update the public about her husband’s progress. She wrote “This man has overcome,” the day he was released from the hospital in a post that included photos of him leaving the hospital.

The photos show Christopher Sparkman walking down a hall lined with hospital staff applauding him.

Although Christopher Sparkman has not completely recovered from his injuries, he will be allowed a six-month resting period before returning for his final surgery in early 2015, his wife wrote on the website.

“This season of our lives won’t be easy, it won’t be quick, but we will endure and press on,” Jamie Lynn Sparkman wrote on July 13.

His wife wrote that doctors need to wait for Sparkman’s body to heal more before they can do the final operation, which will “reverse the damage.”

Christopher Sparkman can be heard on the recorded calls to Cobb’s 911 center from the day of the shooting saying “I have been shot. I have been shot.” He then described the injuries to his abdomen and said, “Please tell my wife that I love her.”

His wife has since seen him through 21 trips to the operating room in the last 73 days, she wrote on the website.

The couple celebrated Christopher Sparkman’s 29th birthday on April 29 and their one-year wedding anniversary May 25 in the hospital.

More recently, Jamie Lynn Sparkman wrote about the family celebrating the Fourth of July with Christopher Sparkman as he continued to recover. She wrote on the same day: “His actual wound is closing in very nicely, and wound care is consistently impressed with how fast it’s healing in.”

Pearson said nurses who cared for Christopher Sparkman could not comment about his condition. His wife did not respond to requests to comment on her husband.

Jamie Lynn Sparkman also created a Go Fund Me account, which has raised $10,515 from 120 donors to help pay for Christopher Sparkman’s medical bills.

The couple met through friends in their church group. After they started dating, they stayed together during Christopher Sparkman’s deployment to Kuwait with the Army in 2012. The two were married in Marietta at West Ridge Church.

Representatives from the church were not available to comment.

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