Aurora shooting victim Yousef Gharbi was reportedly the first patient to arrive at the University of Colorado Hospital shortly after the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting massacre.

At just 16-years-old, he along with another shooting victim from that night, Petra Anderson, 22, is pushing through his injuries and beating the odds.

Both Gharbi and Anderson suffered gunshot wounds to the head on the night of Friday July 20.

Anderson was shot three times in her arm and once through her nose at such an angle that the bullet miraculously did not cause catastrophic damage.

Gharbi, after advising his friend to get down in an effort to evade the sudden gunfire, was hit in the right side of his brain.

"Its life threatening if they take the bullet out," Gharbi's sister Katlyn told 9News one week after the shooting. "They have seen many, many people get hit and live with a bullet in their brain. That gives us hope."

Gharbi had been hooked up to a breathing tube and recently had to undergo a cranioplasty to relieve pressure on his skull, but seems to be doing surprisingly well.

His family set up public journal updates on a medical social networking site called CaringBridge.org and a Facebook page to update people on his recovery process.

Under a journal titled "Successful!!!!" Gharbi's mother posted Tuesday:

Yousef came through surgery today with flying colors!!!!

His surgeon, Dr. Allen Waziri said that he should have no problem with recovery or getting back to his normal lifestyle.

However, this has taken a toll, emotionally, on Yousef. My son is now, under anesthesia, talking about that horrible night. I believe it may have been lying just below the surface but this time it has either come up to show its ugly face or will at any moment.

Yousef has a long road ahead of him, as I have mentioned. Please continue praying for him and contributing to his cause any way you can. Our entire family has been devastated by this and can use all the support you can offer.

Blessings to all, Praises to God! He has made a miracle out of my son for the world to see!

Amen!

Anderson, who is studying music composition at University of the Pacific, underwent neurosurgery and hopes to pick up her violin again and maybe even continue studying music at grad school in the fall.

According to postings made on the Caring Bridge website just before the surgery, Gharbi has been trying to speak, opens his eyes and has been responding to questions using his hands.

Gharbi's mother also wrote she thinks he was aware of what happened as early as one week after the shooting.

He is scared, not understanding, and tried to cry twice. He did raise his hand to his head, the top, and then started to cry. I am pretty sure he knows what happened.

My poor boy........I wish I could take his place.

To help Yousef Gharbi, you can send donations to 1st Bank of Colorado under the name "Yousef Gharbi."
Yo Craze Frozen Yogurt in Aurora, teaming up with The WishList Network, will also be hosting a fundraiser for Gharbi on August 10 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at 18801 E. Hampden Ave. and 1180 S. Buckley Rd.

To help Petra Anderson, please visit the Anderson Relief Fund. Listen to music composed by Anderson here.

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  • Family members of the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., comfort each other, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Family members of the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., comfort each other, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A woman carries a wreath, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A group of friends with various connections to the deceased and wounded gather at a prayer vigil outside the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colo., Sunday July 22, 2012. The vigil was held to remember the dead and injured in the shooting rampage Friday at movie theater in in Aurora. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

  • In this overview, the Living Hope Baptist Church choir sing to start the a vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater, Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Aurora Municipal Center campus in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Joe Amon, Pool)

  • Aurora Police officer John Bulman keeps an eye on the crowd during a prayer vigil, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • The sun breaks through clouds, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A woman carries a balloon that says "Missed by many, forgotten by none," as she walks to a memorial display, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • U.S. Navy officers salute Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., after they left items at a memorial display at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A man holds his head in front of a memorial after a pray vigil Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • People hold signs of hope that feature the Batman logo as they attend a prayer vigil Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., for victims Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater showing the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A man at a prayer vigil for victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. pauses after placing items at a memorial display, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Audience members pray, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Anne Marie Hochhalter, 30, bottom, and her friend Roxy Chesser, 30, second from right, attend a prayer vigil, held to remember the lost and injured in Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater, in a park outside the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colo., Sunday July 22, 2012. Hochhalter, a paralyzed victim of the Columbine High School tragedy over 12 years ago, and other survivors of the 1999 massacre reached out to people who survived the theater shooting. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

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    Balloons released by family members of the victims of Friday's shooting are reflected in the windows of Aurora City Hall, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ┬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

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    Family members remember their loved ones Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ┬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

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    Family members remember their loved ones Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ┬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Aurora shooting, John Hickenlooper

    Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, bows his head Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ┬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

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    Cub Scouts carry flowers to a memorial display Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ┬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

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    The crowd listens to speakers Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., at a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. 12 people were killed and 58 were injured in a shooting during an early Friday premiere of ┬"The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz, Pool)

  • Stacy Moriarty, center left, raises her hand as she she joins thousand in a unified cheer as Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a vigil, Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colo., for the victims of Friday's mass shooting a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)