LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — When Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head following a traffic stop last month, doctors weren’t sure if he would survive. Fast-forward two weeks, and doctors are calling Laboy’s recovery “a miracle.”
“Officer Laboy had a one-in-a-million chance of recovery,” Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest D.C., said at a news conference Thursday.
Orlowski called Laboy’s wound a “catastrophic injury” when he was shot in the temple while attempting to make a traffic stop in Old Town Alexandria on Feb. 27. She went on to say that she was “hopeful, but cautious” about the 45-year-old’s chances at survival.
“We could not predict if he would be alive in 72 hours,” Orlowski said.
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of Peter Laboy and Events Held for His Family
But after weeks of steady improvement, Orlowski said she’s amazed at the progress Laboy has shown. The veteran officer can move his limbs, open his eyes, and recognize his wife and children.
“Take one look at his four children. You talk about a will to live, you take one look at those beautiful four boys he has. He has every reason to live,” Orlowski said.
Still, Laboy faces an uphill battle toward a full recovery.
“Will he be able to speak fluidly? Not at this time; perhaps in six months,” Orlowski said. “Will he be able to walk independently? Probably, but we’ll have to wait and see over the next three to six months.”
As Laboy continues to make strides, his family, friends and coworkers have planned several fundraisers to help with his recovery efforts.
The Alexandria Police Department is hosting a blood drive March 21 in the department’s community room, and a fundraiser April 21 at TopGolf in Kingstowne, Va., will give 100 percent of the proceeds to Laboy and his family.