Tina Frost has been fighting for her life for over two weeks. After being shot in the head during the Las Vegas mass shooting, she recently emerged from a coma.
Frost is a 27-year-old certified public accountant. She is originally from Maryland, but now resides in San Diego; she was attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival with her boyfriend and co-workers. Frost, like all of the other concert-goers that night, were reveling in the music and atmosphere — until Stephen Paddock opened fire.
After bullets began flying into the crowd from the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, it became a chaotic and tragic scene. Frost had been struck by a bullet in the frontal lobes of her brain; it then ricocheted and landed in her right eye.
Frost’s wounds were so severe that doctors had to remove her right eye and a portion of her skull so that her brain would have room to swell. The doctors placed her in a medically induced coma.
Her family and friends were unsure if Frost would survive this devastating injury — 58 others had lost their lives that evening; 500 others were injured. Frost, however, was going to prove to her family that she was a fighter. Every single day, there would be a small miracle; her family would post status updates on her GoFundMe page.
Frost’s mother, Mary Moreland, would post updates letting people know that her organs were working correctly. Three days later, she was able to start moving her legs on command. Then, it was a squeeze of the hand. Every moment of progress was a shining light for her family.
After two long weeks of being in a coma, Frost woke up and took her first steps; six in total — three steps to a chair, three steps back to her hospital bed.
“She’s obviously anxious to get her wobble back on,” her family wrote on the GoFundMe page. “We are so proud of our Tina, and everyone is amazed at every single movement she makes.”
Keith Blum, Frost’s neurosurgeon, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Frost’s survival was “miraculous.” Her family couldn’t be more grateful the wondrous blessing; now, they have hope that after time, they will have their ‘old Tina’ back.
“We’re more and more confident every day that she’s going to come out of the coma and she’s going to be our good old Tina again,” Rich Frost, her dad, says.
“She opens her left eye just a [little] and looks all around the room at us, taps her feet whenever music is playing, continues to squeeze our hands, and even gives Austin a thumbs up when asked,” a family spokesperson said to a Baltimore news station.
Frost’s road to recovery is going to be long, painful, and difficult; however, her family knows she’s a fighter. You can help by donating to Frost’s GoFundMe page; the rest of her news footage is below.
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Source: Huffington Post