Army veteran paralyzed in shooting following Cardinals game, returns to Busch Stadium

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It was an emotional night for Chris Sanna and his family.  Sanna returned to Busch Stadium for the first time since he nearly lost his life.  The U.S. Army veteran was shot through his spine as he walked to the Old Cathedral parking lot following a St. Louis Cardinals Game last year.

Sanna was able to drive a specially equipped Chevy Silverado to the game.  His girlfriend held his hand as he entered the ballpark in his wheelchair.

“We were actually holding hands when I fell down,” said Sanna.  He said she continues to struggle with the shooting that forever changed her boyfriend’s life.

“I need support all the time. Every day is a struggle,” Sanna said.

Sanna was celebrating his mother’s birthday the night he was shot.

“I didn’t think he would ever come back,” said Candis Sanna.  “I didn’t know if I’d ever come back.”

Chris Sanna said in some ways the return to Busch allows him to relive that tragic night, but to go home with a much happier ending.

“It’s like facing your fear, and it’s like helping you move on,” said Candis Sanna.  “Hopefully we’ll get to come back again and again, and he’ll be able to enjoy himself.”

Chris Sanna says he relies on support from family, friends and strangers to get through each day.   He thanks everyone who has helped through a GoFundMe page.

“He’ll battle the rest of his life, you know he’ll never walk.  He’ll battle infections, and you know different types of things like that,” said Candis Sanna.  “You can see he’s a fighter, and he’ll overcome it because he’s just determined.”