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Fed-Ex guard Christopher Sparkman undergoes more surgery

Christopher Sparkman, the security guard critically injured when a suicidal gunman opened fire at a Kennesaw Fed-Ex facility last year, is in the operating room yet again.

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Sparkman has undergone more than 30 procedures.

Last month his wife, Jamie Lynn Sparkman, who keeps supporters informed by posting updates online, shared the harrowing news that he'd been placed in a medically induced coma following complications.

Although subsequent posts were somewhat more hopeful amid some improvement, Jamie Lynn said her husband may face up to a year in the hospital due to the nature of his internal injuries.

Thursday, she let supporters know he was back for a "planned procedure."

"It's been a long week of OR trips and unexpected sidesteps," she posted. "It will hopefully tell us more about what we will be facing over the next year with all of the setbacks that have occurred since February. Please pray to God on our behalf, my husbands faith is strong despite, but mine is tested daily. We are moving forward, still. I'm so proud of him. I will update with more info later."

A U.S. Army veteran who was a newlywed when shot, Christopher has twice been denied disability benefits, Jamie Lynn posted previously. She has requested prayers and, if supporters feel so led, assistance.

“It’s quite honestly very difficult, and embarrassing for us to ask for help,” she posted recently. “I had to leave my job to care for Chris. He has been denied disability from the government twice. Our only source of income has been small weekly benefits of workman’s comp from Allied Barton, and the benevolent gifts you all have given.”

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