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Mansfield man shot in head says vision of daughter helped save him

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A Mansfield man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after he says he was attacked and robbed on the side of a busy Dallas highway.

He was somehow able to drive from where he says it happened, near I-20 and Spur 408, to the hospital near his house in Mansfield.

When Dan Rowe calls his daughter, Gianna, his angel, he's not exaggerating.

On Dec. 20, he was on his way home after a night out with friends when he lost control of his car and spun out.

"I saw some road debris," said Rowe. "I jerked my wheel, did a big, fat 180 and wound up facing oncoming traffic."

Afterward, stunned, he saw a truck pull up, and a man knocked on his window. Rowe says he rolled down his window to talk to the man, and the man jumped into his car through the passenger window.

"Then he pulled something out of his pocket, and then I knew he was up to no good," said Rowe. "So I had a gun in my glove box, so I went to…and I felt him put something to my head. So I reached down to get my gun out of my glove box, and that's when, bam! Bright, and then black."

When Rowe came to, his cell phone was gone.

He says he saw a vision of his daughter quoting Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

"I saw her face," said Rowe. "And I don't think I've ever heard her say that to me ever, that verse. But I heard her say it to me that night."

Rowe drove 18 miles to Mansfield to the only hospital he knew he could find.

Doctors examined him and sent him by helicopter to Dallas.

Surgeons removed the bullet and stitched him up.

"Nothing entered my brain at all," said Rowe. There was some brain bruising…concussion…fractured skull. But, missed the brain by less than an inch. Millimeters. Just one of the many miracles."  

When asked, Rowe said he thinks God helped him, and the experience has been a life changer for him.

"We all have a purpose here," said Rowe. "And to fulfill that purpose, you know, is what we all should be trying to do."

Dallas Police are investigating the shooting. They have not made any arrests.

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