A survivor of the Las Vegas massacre who had been in a coma since the day of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history has finally awakened, managing to give her family members a thumbs-up and make several steps out of her hospital bed.
Tina Frost, 27, was struck by a single bullet in the forehead during the October 1 attack, which killed 58 victims and wounded nearly 550 others. She is one of roughly 45 people who remain hospitalized across four Las Vegas area hospitals in the wake of the shooting.
“Today has also been a big day for our TT – she is now waking up!” her mother, Mary Watson Moreland, posted on a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for Frost’s medical bills, which has so far garnered over $530,000 in donations.
“She opens her left eye just a lil 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. She sometimes taps to music and also took her first steps today with the assistance of the nurses – 3 steps to the chair and 3 steps back to the bed.”
“She also breathed on her own for a full 6 hours!” the update continued. “We are so proud of our Tina, and everyone is amazed at every single movement she makes.”
The shooting cost Frost her right eye and sent her into a two-week-long coma at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. A Florida medical supply company will donate the skull implants necessary to reconstruct Frost’s forehead and the area around her eye, while some Las Vegas hospitals have vowed to waive medical costs for patients who were wounded in the shooting.
“The doctors have been talking about Tina’s next steps and are discussing other hospital that will have all the specialists she’ll need during her long road to recovery,” her mother wrote on GoFundMe.