After being shot in the head during the Las Vegas mass shooting, Jovanna Calzadillas is being released from the hospital, ABC 13 reported. Three doctors told her husband there was nothing they could do and she had a "non-survivable injury".
"Their support was just something that was truly memorable and her progress from the day I met her was nothing short of miraculous", the doctor said. One of her physicians, Dr. Lindley Bliss, said Calzadillas could not breathe on her own, was on a respirator and that her prognosis was "pretty grim". Now, almost four months out, Jovanna has regained the ability to talk, can eat and drink by herself and can walk with the help of a walker - though she was in a wheelchair and spoke only a few words at the news conference.
In a soft, halting voice, Jovanna told reporters at the Barrow Neurological Institute on Wednesday that "a part of me changed that night. They have been so good to me, but I can't wait to go home and return to a normal life with my kids and family", she adds. Frank told People that in the dream "she hugged me and kissed me and she said, 'Everything is going to be OK'". "I feel strong and positive, plus I get to boss my husband around".
The bullet traveled through Jovanna's brain when she was shot. "We spent so long seeing Jovanna asleep".
She is prepared to get back home and said that she isn't going to let people like her shooter, Stephen Paddock, force her to be afraid.
In the following months, Jovanna began to recover her ability to talk. "We will not live in fear", said Jovanna.
Come Wednesday, she'll soon be discharged from the Barrow Neurological Institute to continue her rehab.
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The doomed trip was the engineer's second time operating the Coast Starlight run from Tacoma to Portland, Oregon. During the interview, the qualifying conductor told NTSB that there was little conversation between the two men.
"The first word she said was 'god d*** it.' And her dad told her, 'Mija, don't say that".
Gunshot wounds to the head are among the most-difficult brain injuries to treat because of splinters from the bullet and direct damage from the path of the bullet. The 30-year-old relearning how to do everyday tasks once again.
But Frank never gave up hope. "I will not quit on them and I will not quit on myself".
After her assessment, Dr. Kwasnica recommended the medical team help Jovanna become responsive by using the side of the body where she had some function, and by doing therapies that don't require language processing.
Her doctors say her family was a constant source of strength.
Now, although Calzadillas' recovery is still an uphill battle, her family is ready for the next chapter of their lives to begin and to leave their terrible tragedy in the past.