Birdshot accident reveals York Township woman’s heart issue

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MEDINA, Ohio— The son of a 75-year-old northeast Ohio woman who was shot with birdshot by her husband while sitting in a recliner says the accident might be a blessing because doctors treating her found a previously undiagnosed heart problem.

Charlene Ross’ husband told authorities the shotgun went off Sunday when he was checking to see if it was loaded and could be used to scare off geese at their home in York Township, near Medina. She was taken to an Akron hospital, where she was still listed in serious condition Friday.

Steve Ross tells The Medina County Gazette his family feels blessed that his mother was nicked in the neck by only one pellet and that doctors then found she had an abnormal heartbeat that can now be addressed.