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Las Vegas shooting survivor stays hopeful despite being back in the hospital for 12th surgery

Posted at 12:32 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 20:14:11-04

One of the most severely injured survivors of the Las Vegas shooting is back in the hospital facing her twelfth surgery. 

But this time, Rosemarie Melanson is hoping her next surgery will be her last.

"I'm excited because it's not that far away and I want to be fixed for good, but at the same time there is still that doubt," Melanson said.

Melanson was shot in the torso, but the bullet also hit her lung, esophagus, stomach, spleen and liver.

She was initially released in February. But in the following months, she has only spent five weeks at home since she was shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1

Despite having to live in and out of hospitals, Melanson says it is her family that keeps her going.

"I knew she was strong and stubborn but I didn't know how strong and stubborn she was," joked her daughter Paige Melanson. 

"We may be Vegas strong but as a family, we're Melanson strong," said husband Steve Melanson.

Rosemarie is scheduled to go into what could be her final surgery on Sept. 4.