Archbishop of Greece visits 8-year-old girl shot by stray bullet on Pascha

Athens, May 9, 2019

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A young girl was rushed to the Aglaia Kyriakou Children’s Hospital in Athens after she was struck by a stray bullet while playing in her yard in the afternoon on Pascha Sunday, reports Greek Reporter.

The girl, Alexia, 8, was in critical condition after undergoing surgery. She was playing with friends in her yard when she suddenly fell to the ground and relatives found that she was bleeding from the right side of the head.

His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece paid a visit to the girl in the ICU on Tuesday, according to

“We spoke with physicians, and for the first time, a glimmer of hope has appeared. They believe that if this improvement continues, then we'll have a better course,” His Beatitude told reporters afterwards. Alexia remains in critical but stable condition in a medically induced coma.

Meanwhile, police have detained the man who shot the bullet that accidentally hit the girl. The 54-year-old man was celebrating Pascha in the village of Leontari Thespies in Thiva with his family. They were setting off fireworks and he shot into the air. The bullet ricocheted and struck Alexia in the neighboring yard.

The man has been arrested on charges of causing serious bodily harm and illegally possessing a firearm. He said he was “shocked and terrified” when he learned of Alexia’s injuries and that he had not meant to cause anybody any harm, reports Keep Talking Greece.

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