An Australian teenager was reportedly shot during the coordinated Paris Attacks on Friday. According to reports, the victim underwent surgery after suffering from hip injuries.
ABC News wrote that Emma Grace Parkinson, 19, had injuries after she was shot several times in the hips. Her aunt, Sam Gunner, said that details were still unclear. However, she confirmed that Emma is now in stable condition.
Sam said, “We are confident Emma will make a full recovery physically. Obviously there is quite a long road ahead for Emma mentally.”
Emma attended the concert of American rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan Theater last Friday. In the middle of the concert, armed men wearing “suicide vests” crashed the venue. Explosions followed wherein more than 80 people were killed. ABC News confirmed that Emma, who hails from Hobart, was injured during the attack. She was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment.
Emma was a scholar in France where she studied her Year 11 TCE. Afterwards, she moved to Germany to study the German language for a year. However, Emma still had her heart for France.
“It is somewhere she has always loved so she had recently accepted a position doing tutoring in Paris and had moved there 10 days ago from Germany,” Sam told the site.
Sam extended her gratitude to Australia’s ambassador to France, Stephen Brady. The Australian Ambassador stayed with Emma and was in close contact with her family after the incident.
Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also spoke to Emma over the phone. Turnbull said that Emma was very brave and “in good spirits.”
“I spoke to her on the phone and did my best to cheer her up. I told her that we were all thinking of her, all of us,” the Prime Minister told the site.
Right now, Sam said their priority is to fly Emma’s mother to France. She admitted that Emma was “scared and overwhelmed” during the Paris attacks. Nonetheless, she pointed out that Emma’s resilience will help her fully recover from the injuries.