Tina Frost, a 27-year-old certified public accountant who was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, has woken up from her coma.
Frost was attending the Route 91 Harvest festival with her boyfriend and friends earlier this month when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring over 500 more.
Frost’s mother, Mary Watson Moreland, posted on a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend that Frost’s vitals are stable but that doctors had to remove her right eye, where a bullet became lodged after piercing the frontal lobes of her brain.
“She has sight in her left eye but will never see from the right again,” Moreland said.
Frost’s family and friends set up the GoFundMe in order to raise money for her medical treatment and overall recovery, as well as other expenses related to the tragedy like “travelling, food, hotels, missed work, and caring for Tina,” the page says.
They set a fundraising goal of $US50,000 and have raised almost $US550,000 so far — more than 10 times the original amount.
The campaign is currently trending and has been shared over 48,000 times on social media since it launched on October 2.
Frost’s mother said Friday, the day Frost woke up, was a big day for her daughter. Frost is now able to open her left eye and “taps her feet whenever music is playing, continues to squeeze our hands, and even gives [boyfriend] Austin a thumbs up when asked,” Moreland said, according to the GoFundMe page.
She added that her daughter was able to breathe on her own for six hours that day, and that Frost was also paid a special visit by The Jabbawockeez, who won the first season of “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008.
Frost works at Ernst & Young in San Diego, California, and her mother said that the company sent her a RARE Science teddy bear “that she hugs and pats on the back to show us she likes him :).”
As her condition continues to improve, Frost will be “moving ICU to ICU, so the whole team will be on track with her recovery” her mother said. It’s unclear how much more short-term and long-term treatment Frost will require, Moreland continued, before thanking everyone who had followed the story for their thoughts and prayers.
Frost’s high school friends, Tara Beavers and Ali Shomper, also held a separate fundraiser for her in Maryland on Saturday, ABC News reported, which drew dozens of attendees.
“We just love her. She’s a great person. We want to her help her out any way we can. We can’t wait for her to get better,” Beavers told local ABC affiliate WJLA.
“Were happy with the turn out tonight,” Shomper added on Saturday. “Every little bit counts. You know the bills are going to [be] high. This is a great for us to pitch in.”
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