Alisha Mathis shot: Woman shot by estranged husband likely won't regain use of legs or arms

FORT THOMAS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky woman shot by her estranged husband in an attempted murder-suicide likely won't ever regain the use of her legs or arms.

Police said Alisha Waters Mathis, 31, was tracked down and shot by Dennis Mathis, 32, on her way to work at Personal Touch Home Health Care on 20 North Grand Ave. in Fort Thomas just before 8 a.m. on Aug. 6.

According to police reports, Dennis Mathis chased his wife into the three-story brick office building, shooting her several times before turning the gun on himself. He died at the scene and Waters Mathis was hospitalized.

Waters Mathis' family has been posting updates on her status regularly on a CaringBridge blog, and they say she is making slow progress at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The family said that despite still needing the help of a ventilator to breathe, Waters Mathis got out of bed and into a chair twice on Thursday, and every day she needs less assistance.

Unfortunately, a spinal doctor told the family Wednesday night that she will probably never regain the use of her legs or arms.

Regardless of the bad news, the family said Mathis responded to the news with high spirits.

"As long as I have my family, my voice and my spirit, I will be fine!" Waters Mathis said, according to the family.

The family says they are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers from the Tri-State community.

Just months before being ambushed and shot, Waters Mathis told a court she feared for her life.

According to court records, Waters Mathis had been separated from her husband of five years since March and told a court in her petition for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) that he had been verbally abusing her, texting her and calling her repeatedly.

On April 16, a judge granted the order - restricting Mathis to stay more than 500 feet from her. But six days later - and on the same day as he filed for divorce - a judge dismissed the protective order, saying there was "no allegation of domestic violence."

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