Swanzey woman shot by boyfriend released from hospitalBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
March 21. 2018 9:23PM
SWANZEY — The aunt of a 27-year-old woman shot by her boyfriend last month in a reported accident is raising money to help pay her niece’s medical bills.
Stephanie Teves, 27, of Swanzey was released from the hospital on Friday, according to the GoFundMe page started by the aunt, Sandy Gray Moriarty of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
The shooting occurred on Feb. 23 at 25 Cedar Road in Swanzey at around 3:55 a.m.
Mathew Brow, 26, reported to police he heard a noise then saw a silhouette, which he then fired at. Teves told police she had gotten up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night when the shooting occurred. She was rushed to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene and then to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for several life-saving surgeries.
“She is a strong person, a survivor, one who finds a way to overcome any obstacle put in front of her, but her recent obstacle is too much for any person. Stephanie is the victim of an accidental shooting. She’s had three major surgeries, to save her life and repair areas damaged by the bullets. But that’s not all, she needs rehab before she can go home to learn how to live with the damage to her body,” Moriarty said on the GoFundMe page. “She is the creator and owner of her own fitness business but won’t be able to return to it until she has healed. Her insurance will cover a lot but what it won’t cover will bury her in debt for years to come.”
The site has already raised more than $5,000, which is already been put toward the incoming medical bills, Moriarty said.
Following the shooting Brow was arrested and is facing two first-degree assault charges for shooting Teves. He has filed pleas of not guilty in the Cheshire County Superior Court.
“I was advised that the shooter, Matthew Brow, had shot his girlfriend Stephanie Teves, as he thought she was an intruder in the residence,” according to an arrest affidavit written by Swanzey police Detective Mary Wilson. “Teves suffered from two gunshots, one bullet passed through the right forearm, and right abdomen, and lodged in her back. The second bullet passed through her left abdomen through her back.”
You can find the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/stephanie-teves-medical-bills.