Teen Kalamazoo Victim Miraculously Pulled Through After She Was Prepped for Organ Donation
Abigail Kopf was the seventh fatality in Saturday's Kalamazoo rampage--until she wasn't.
The 14-year-old was shot in a Cracker Barrel as part of a senseless killing spree police say was completely random.
Abigail was rushed to a hospital, where doctors said her heart had stopped. With her parents' permission, her body was prepared for organ harvesting.
But then she squeezed her mother's hand. And, just like that, headlines across the nation rolled the death toll back to six.
"My daughter is not dead," her mother, Vicki Kopf, said Monday at a press event. "She is alive and she is fighting for her life. I want everybody to understand that. Abigail is strong and she is a vibrant, beautiful, young lady. And she did not deserve this. And neither did her grandmother or those other victims."
Sixty-eight-year-old Barbara Hawthorn, a close family friend of the Kopfs who Abigail called "Grandma Barb" is among the six people police say were randomly gunned down in three separate locations by Uber driver Jason Dalton.
Abigail is one of two survivors and doctors are doing everything they can to make sure she stays that way.
"We also know Abigail is going to have a very tough road to recovery," Abigail's father, Gene Kopf, said, "which is another reason we didn't want her to be under scrutiny or limelight when she is recovering. It's tough enough being a 14-year-old girl and everything is going well — adding that is hard to comprehend."
Doctors, meanwhile, say they are encouraged by the teen's "relative stability" over the last several days.
Abigail's family is staying optimistic, as well. "We have been by Abigail's bedside since this happened," they said. "She remains in critical condition fighting for her life, but as we mentioned, she is strong-willed and she is fighting."