Wagswoofs – Nearly four years ago, a Northland woman’s life was forever changed by a traumatic experience.
Tyra Randle remembered the moment she prayed to God, desperately pleading for survival.
Her 11-year-old daughter was startled by the sound of gunshots and immediately rushed to her mother’s side. Miraculously, Randle and her children managed to survive the terrifying ordeal. However, tragically, Randle was left paralyzed as a result of the incident.
After being shot multiple times, including one bullet near her spine, she is now paralyzed from the waist down. She had to spend three days in the intensive care unit, relying on a ventilator for support. Following that, she underwent months of rehabilitation at an Overland Park center, where she focused on building her upper body strength in order to independently transfer herself in and out of a wheelchair.
“I made the decision to transform my pain into a purposeful mission. As I often share with others, one cannot have a testimony without first going through a test,” she expressed.
Randle has dedicated the past few years to making a positive impact as an advocate and philanthropist for domestic violence survivors and victims, as well as the disabled community.
She has established her own organization, known as Diamond in the Rough, where she serves as a motivational speaker for various conferences, events, and podcasts. This role is in addition to her full-time position at North Kansas City Hospital.
In her own words, she expressed her ultimate aspiration to bring about changes in laws and make them more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to supporting victims of domestic violence.
In addition, she collaborates with the Christopher Reeve Foundation and acts as a mentor for the United Spinal Cord Association. This involvement brought her to D.C. earlier this year, where she engaged in discussions with members of Congress regarding disability laws.
During the conversation, she highlighted that the primary focus of their discussion revolved around the importance of ensuring that airlines are accessible to everyone.
“I realized that the world is not designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities,” she expressed as she approached the wheelchair.
She is also preparing for Miss Wheelchair Missouri and is contemplating whether to pursue a law or nursing degree. Despite carrying the weight of her past traumas, she remains hopeful that something positive will emerge from it.
She emphasized that while bad things may occur in the lives of good individuals, it is ultimately their choice how they respond to those challenges.
According to Randle, the man who allegedly shot her, Lonnell James, 44, has not yet had his day in court. She mentioned that the trial has been repeatedly delayed for various reasons.
According to records obtained by FOX 4, a jury trial for him is set to commence in January 2024.