Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Lady Gaga and Ryan Fischer (Instagram/ladygaga/valleyofthedogs)
Lady Gaga's dog walker has revealed he had to have part of his lung removed after being shot by armed robbers.
Ryan Fischer was shot while walking the 'Rain On Me' singer's French bulldogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav in West Hollywood on Wednesday 24 February.
The dogs were later found tied to a pole several miles from the scene of the crime.
Fischer says he's now finally leaving hospital after he was recently readmitted due to a "complicated recovery" which saw his lung repeatedly collapse.
"They didn’t think I was going to make it"
Alongside a new video of himself getting dressed by his hospital bed, Fischer said in a caption: "Triggers are real and working through trauma is WAY more than dealing with one unfortunate moment in life.”
Speaking about being readmitted, he added: "Along with accepting the the news that I was about to be readmitted, several nurses and doctors told me how they had been in the room when I came in with my gunshot.
“How they didn’t think I was going to make it."
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Fischer was shot on a street just off Sunset Boulevard, with a doorbell camera capturing his screams of "Help me!" and "I'm bleeding out from my chest!"
Posting pictures from his hospital bed last month, Fischer said in an extended caption: "Four days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me.
"My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own. I cradled Asia as best I could, thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together, apologized that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself."