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Las Vegas shooting victim on verge of being taken off life support makes amazing recovery


PHOENIX, Arizona — A young mother from Arizona that was critically injured during the Las Vegas shooting has made miraculous recovery.

Jovanna Calzadillas, 33, was on the verge of being taken off life support. But Barrow Neurological Institute doctors say the mother of two is now headed home to be with her family.

“I want to let others know not to live their lives in fear. I am not going to live my life in fear because of what happened to me. Life is too short. We cannot let them win. And, I want people to know that miracles do happen,” Jovanna said.

On Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire down below on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from the broken windows of his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay -- including Jovanna who was shot in the head.

“The doctors in Las Vegas suggested removing Jovanna from life support and spoke to me about organ donation,” said Jovanna's husband Frank, a police officer. “They told me there was nothing more they could do to help her and if she survived, she would likely live in a vegetative state.”

On Nov. 10, Jovanna grabbed her husband's hand, a sign that she was making tremendous steps toward recovery. Soon after, she was drinking water and eating ice cream. By Dec. 27, Jovanna was walking with an exoskeleton device, a wearable robot that helps brain injured patients walk. She’s now walking short distances with a walker, talking and her sense of humor has returned, according to a press release.

“Although many times medicine cannot heal a person who has suffered such a horrific traumatic injury like Jovanna’s, her parents and I really didn’t feel like it was her time to pass,” says Frank. “We had to have faith. We want to tell people to follow their instincts and have hope.”

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