My Story

Rather than sending emails and calling everyone, we have set up this wonderful CaringBridge website so people can stay updated on Mom's current status.  Please read "My Story" to find out what happened to Mom, and we'll update the journal as her status changes or we get more information. 

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On Thursday, January 13th, my mom and dad were having dinner at Raffas in Kingwood celebrating their dear friends birthday.  After a lovely dinner and talking about ordering desserts, there was a loud BANG.  A gun had been dropped by a man at the next table and when the gun hit the floor, it discharged.  Unfortunately, the bullets upward trajectory hit my mom on the left buttocks and then continued through her hip, into her abdomen and ended at the right side of her chest.  She was immediately transferred to Ben Taub Hospital (the best hospital in Houston for gun shot wounds) where she went into emergency surgery to stop the internal bleeding and to see how much damage there was.  Thankfully, the bullet barely missed a major artery and missed all vital organs (liver, kidneys, heart, spleen) but made a mess of the small and large intestines.  The initial surgery stopped the internal bleeding, removed several parts of both intestines, fixed other areas and got her stable.  The second surgery on Saturday rejoined her small intestines and removed another part of her large intestines.  She will have a colostomy for approximately six months.  Most recent updates are in the "Journal" section.

To add to this unbelievable event, I (Richard) just happened to be at the bar meeting a friend at the same time as my parents were eating in the restaurant.  I had no idea my parents were eating at the restaurant and they had no idea I was in the bar.  After the loud bang, someone yelled that it was a gun and when I looked over into the restaurant I saw my dad standing up and leaning over to help my mom.  I ran over to dad and told him I was there and began helping.  He was momentarily confused since I just appeared out of nowhere.  My friend then helped secure the gun and the man while we called 911 to get the ambulance and police.  Other patrons in the restaurant were excellent and several people came over to help mom and keep her still and calm until the EMTs arrived.  Call it an act of God or fate, but I was so glad to be there for both mom and dad during the initial stages of this very tragic incident.  Thank you to my friend and all the people at Raffas that helped out that evening.

We have received so many prayers, well wishes and support from family, friends and strangers.  It is truly amazing and we all believe they are working to help my mom feel better and make it through this very tragic incident.  Although she is 71, mom is a fighter and with all this support and prayers, she WILL make it through this.

We plan to keep this updated with the latest so please check back and continue with the prayers and well wishes......they are working!


Richard and Matt Barker posted a new journal entry, "Diana's Christmas Letter".


Christopher Fucile signed Diana's Guestbook.

Good morning Mrs. Barker. It was an honor to hear you speak last night at French Country Wines. Your story is both horrifying and inspiring. As a member of Moms Demand ... Read more

sharon lakin signed Diana's Guestbook.

I absolutely loved the the seasonal message from you, Diana.  It brought a tear to my humble eye.  What an inspiration you are to me. May 2012 bring you peace.  Much ... Read more

Sue & ivan Burrowes signed Diana's Guestbook.

Hi Dianna, Thank you for your message, you are very, very, welcome!! and we wish you a fantastic year ahead, better health, happiness and hope that all your wishes come ... Read more

Jane Mayer signed Diana's Guestbook.

Dear Diana, I am so happy that you and your wonderful family are about to start a fresh, new year.  You have made an amazing recovery and I pray that 2012 is truly ... Read more

clare kennelly signed Diana's Guestbook.

Hello Diana, wishing you a very Happy Christmas and hopefully the New Year will be fantastic, love you. Clare and Chris Read more

mary whitaker signed Diana's Guestbook.

Great to see you at the bazaar. Tho' it may seem slow to you, I was amazed by your progress. Keep up the good work...Kindest Regards,Mary Whitaker. Read more

Dana Scott signed Diana's Guestbook.

Dearest Diana, You are such an inspiration to us all.  As we have walked this journey with you, your courage and determination have left a lasting impression on everyone ... Read more

del baucom signed Diana's Guestbook.

  To both of you. You two have been the real heros this past year.  We are the ones that look up to you.  Your courage ......there are no words to express it. The ... Read more

Linda Whiteside signed Diana's Guestbook.

Dear Dianna No one could ever blame you for wanted this year to be over! What a remarkable story and even more so, a remarkable recovery! You are living proof that ' ... Read more

Jackie Longstaff signed Diana's Guestbook.

Hi Dianna Thank you for your witness to Him during this difficult year. May God bless you and your family abundantly in 2012. May He protect each one of you. Kind ... Read more

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