Ryan Fischer posted a video of his recovery on Instagram
Lady Gaga’s dog walker has been discharged from hospital after having part of his lung removed following a dramatic theft in which he was shot.
Ryan Fischer was shot while walking three of the singer’s French bulldogs near the famous Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on 24 February after three men jumped out of a car and attempted to steal the animals.
Two of Gaga’s three dogs were taken during the attack. After Gaga offered a $500,000 (£363,000) reward, the animals were safely returned to the pop star.
Fischer has now posted an update after having a section of his lung removed via surgery. Sharing a selfie on Instagram, he wrote that he was recovering well and life had returned to relative normality, but that he had needed additional surgery.
“It became clear that my lung was not healing, and the bullet wound had scarred my tissue like a burn,” he wrote.
“It could take months, if ever, for the whole hole to seal. Lunches of grilled cheese and tomato soup and art walks blurred into one.”
He admitted his recovery “had become anything but a straight line”.
“Now that I’m finding my way in the outside world where triggers are real and working through trauma is WAY more than dealing with one unfortunate moment in life, I look back at my exit from the hospital and I smile that I continue to approach life each day the same way.”
Fischer’s shooting was caught on video from a doorbell camera of a nearby home. He screamed “Oh my God! I’ve been shot!” and “I’m bleeding out from my chest!” after being shot with a semi-automatic handgun.
Koji and Gustav, the dogs that were taken, were returned unharmed when a woman showed up at a Los Angeles police station with them.
The third dog, Miss Asia, stayed with Fischer after he had been shot. Gaga was filming in Italy during the incident but called him a “hero”.
TMZ reported police told Gaga not to pay out the reward until their investigation cleared the woman of involvement.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said the investigation was ongoing.