Fort Thomas shooting victim improving, moves arm in new YouTube video

CINCINNATI -- A Northern Kentucky woman who was shot by her estranged husband in an attempted murder-suicide in early August is improving, according to a new video posted on YouTube.

Alisha Waters Mathis, 31, no longer needs to wear a neck brace after spending more than a month at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, paralyzed and on a ventilator.

And she's moving.

Waters Mathis' family posted a video of her recovery process on YouTube.

In the video, called "Just Watch This!" -- posted on the YouTube channel "Alisha Waters" -- Waters Mathis slowly works to move her right arm. After a few moments, she succeeds.

In the description, the poster wrote, "Grit and determination to move her arm regardless of the pain. She is our strength and inspiration."

Just before 8 a.m. on Aug. 6, Waters Mathis 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.

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.

The victim's family held a press conference last month to announce plans to fight changes in domestic violence protection orders.

Family members, including Waters Mathis' mother, father, uncle and siblings, said they believe her estranged husband might not have been able to buy the gun he got just days before the incident, if a judge had granted Waters Mathis the domestic violence protection order she sought.

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 which restricted 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."

The family says Waters Mathis did all she could to stay safe but the system that was suppose to protect her didn't.

"What else does a woman have to do to prove she is in fear for her life?....Does she have to be cut for hit? Does it have to physical abuse for this to be granted?" said Kurt Russel, the victim's brother.

Through her recovery, however, Waters Mathis' mother says she still has her same personality and is helping other family members cope.

The family is asking for prayers, good wishes and donations to help Waters Mathis in this very long recovery process. Donations can be made at any Bank of Kentucky in the name "Alisha Mathis."

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