Teen Survivor of Kalamazoo Shooting Is Walking Again

Abigail Kopf may leave rehab within the next month
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2016 1:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – The 14-year-old survivor of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage has taken a big step—literally. Abigail Kopf, who was shot in the head and believed to be dead until she squeezed her mom's hand, is walking again. Her family posted a video to social media Sunday that shows the teen walking, with minimal assistance, at the rehab center where she's being treated. Kopf, who said her first word since the shooting last month, also waves and says "hi" in the video.

"It's hard to believe that this was the same girl who was shot in the head in February. Isn't she amazing?" says a post on Facebook. Doctors initially told Kopf's family she might end up brain dead, but now, per a GoFundMe campaign set up to help with her recovery costs, they say she may be able to leave the rehab hospital in the next month, though she'll continue rehab as an outpatient. "Not only did Abbie come back to us, she’s walking and talking," the page reads. "But her path to full recovery is uncharted and may never end." (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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