Anggiat Mora came to America from Indonesia expecting to find a "land of honey and milk," he said Saturday as his wife underwent surgery after being shot in an Aurora massacre that rocked the country.
Even though both his wife and 14-year-old son were wounded in the Century Aurora 16 theater shooting that left a dozen people dead, he remains convinced that moving here was the right thing to do.
"At least we are working, we have some money, at least enough for our family, and I can take my son to a good school."
But Mora is badly shaken. When someone dropped something in the room at Denver Health where his wife, Rita Paulina, 45, lay Friday, her arm and and leg covered in medical dressing, he jumped, he said.
Before that, as Paulina was still being treated in the emergency room, a loud noise caused her to jump. "We are so scared right now," he said.
Paulina, a kitchen worker at a nursing home where she serves patients' meals, was shot inches above and below her elbow and in her lower leg. Their son, Prodeo Patria, an Overland High School student, caught a bullet to his lower left back.
Both are expected to recover.
The family follows a naming convention from Indonesia, where children receive identity cards at 16 and no longer use the family's surname, Mora said.
In his University Hospital room Friday, Patria, who was shot as he was running for the exit, said he stepped back into the theater to assist
His father, who hoisted Paulina onto his back and carried her out as the shooting continued, didn't know his son was wounded until they were 30 feet or so from the exit and had stopped running.
"He said, "Look at my back dad, and I looked and see a hole," Mora said.
By then police were arriving. An officer told Patria to sit on the floor near his mother before they were taken from the theater.
Doctors plan to leave the bullet that entered Patria's back and lodged in his left side where it is, at least for a while.
A fan of comic book super heroes, he was excited to go to the movie. "I will watch it again but I will wait until it goes on video," he said.