Tyler Pearson, director of communications at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where Sparkman is recovering, said federal privacy law restricts him from saying anything about the patient other than he is listed as being in “good condition.”
Sparkman was a victim of the April 27 shooting at a FedEx sorting facility in Kennesaw. Cobb Police say Geddy Kramer, 19, of Acworth, drove up to the security shack and shot Sparkman, 28, of Canton, with a shotgun before going in the warehouse and shooting five others and then himself. The five other victims have all been released from the hospital.
Sparkman was shot in the abdomen, puncturing his intestines, and he now needs surgery to reconstruct those organs.
Sparkman can be heard on the recorded calls to Cobb’s 911 center saying “I have been shot. I have been shot.” He then described the injuries to his abdomen and said, “Please tell my wife that I love her,”
And now, his wife is seeing him recover.
Sparkman married Jamie Lynn Sparkman in May 2013, and the two celebrated their one-year anniversary in the hospital last month. Christopher Sparkman also had to celebrate his 29th birthday there April 29.
His wife, who declined to comment to the MDJ, is keeping friends and supporters of the family up to date with a website created by her brother, Jared Brannen. For the past month, the website has described updates on Christopher Sparkman’s condition and his progress in recovery.
“He will likely be in the hospital another month or so, and then he can begin to recover with the necessary care at home with me and the pups,” Jamie Lynn Sparkman wrote on the website Sunday.
Sparkman is still getting essential nutrients from an IV and can only eat ice chips and water, according to the website.
“Christopher is heartbroken because of his love of all things edible, but he understands and is willing to do what it takes to help make a full recovery possible,” Jamie Lynn Sparkman wrote on the website.
His wife wrote Christopher Sparkman’s wound is healing, but it is still not completely closed, and his spirits seem to be good.
“His body is healing really well, and doctors are constantly praising his drive to get up and walk, and continue to keep his body moving,” Jamie Lynn Sparkman wrote. “He has all the nurses laughing, and has even picked up so much medical jargon that he will give them the change-over report. It’s pretty funny.”
Jamie Lynn Sparkman also created a Go Fund Me account, which has raised $10,345 from 117 donors to help pay for Christopher Sparkman’s medical bills.
The couple met because Brannen and Christopher Sparkman were friends in their church group. They stayed together through Christopher Sparkman’s deployment to Kuwait with the Army in 2012, and the two were married in Marietta at West Ridge Church.