Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer says he has had part of his lung removed after being shot in the chest by a dognapper in Los Angeles.
Mr Fischer described how he was recovering “very quickly” when his lungs collapsed and he had to undergo surgery.
He is now out of the hospital and at home.
Mr Fischer was traveling/ was on a walk with three French bulldogs of Lady Gaga in Hollywood in February when he encountered a man with a revolver.
The gunmen shot Mr Fischer and his accomplice took two dogs, Koji and Gustav. A third dog, named Miss Asia, escaped and was later found by police.
The stolen dogs returned unharmed a few days later to a woman – who was apparently not involved in the incident – who turned herself in at the Los Angeles police station.
Police have not yet released the name of suspects.
Mr Fischer’s Statement
Mr Fischer wrote on Instagram long ago that his first recovery looked good.
“With the chest tube removed (which I can only equate to an alien baby extraction) and my blood oxygen stable, the journey outside to recover with loved ones began.”
However, he then began to feel the “strange hissing and glugging coming from my chest every time I took a breath”.
“It is very clear that my lungs are not healing,” he continued, “and the bullet wound had engulfed my muscles like a burn”.
When he was being wheeled for surgery to remove parts of his lungs, he said he had “finally accepted that my recovery had become anything but a straight line”.
He concludes his writing by saying: “This journey is difficult, very painful, and questionable choices that no longer serve me like wearing skinny jeans are made. But I try. And somewhere within that I find the absurdity and wonder and beauty this life offers us all.”
Lady Gaga Calls Mr. Fischer A ‘Hero’
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, was in Rome working for Ridley Scott’s new film, Gucci, when her dogs were stolen.
At the time she called Mr Fischer a “hero” who risked his life “to fight for our family”.
She awarded a $ 500,000 (£ 359,282) prize to anyone who would return the dogs; It is not clear whether this was passed on to the woman who returned the animals.
It was also unclear whether the dogs were targeted for Lady Gaga’s fame, or whether it was an opportunity – or planned – attack, because of the precious and valuable breed of the dog involved.