- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Almost a year after a gunman’s rampage at a FedEx facility just outside Atlanta, a security guard who was shot at close range is “motivated but tired” after undergoing nearly three dozen surgeries, his wife said Wednesday.

Christopher Sparkman, 29, has been in the hospital since Feb. 16, when he went in for what they expected would be his final surgery, Jamie Lynn Sparkman told reporters. But he suffered complications that have led to more surgeries since then, for a total of 34, she said.

Co-worker Geddy Kramer, 19, shot Sparkman at the start of an April 29 attack at a FedEx facility near Atlanta, police said. Kramer wounded six people, including Sparkman, before killing himself.

Sparkman worked for AlliedBarton Security Services and was under contract at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw at the time of the shooting, said the family’s lawyer, Louis Levenson.

Jamie Lynn Sparkman said she has been caring for her husband full time, and with neither of them working they have been struggling financially, surviving on small weekly workers’ compensation checks. Supporters can help with prayers and financial donations, she said.



“This is something I wish we could have been prepared for, but no one is ever truly equipped to handle what we’ve gone through,” she said.

In a recent video the family released to reporters Wednesday, Christopher Sparkman can be seen wincing as his bed is adjusted so he can eat and walking slowly in the hospital with the help of a walker and two people.

“He’s motivated but tired and we have to take it day by day,” Jamie Lynn Sparkman told reporters.

In the video released by the family, Sparkman is asked what he would do if he could get up.

“First, I would hug my wife and give her a big old smooch,” he said with a smile. “I would go back to work and I would be the provider for my family, and I’d be able to take care of my wife the way I want to take care of her.”

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