Over $500,000 Raised for Vegas Shooting Victim as She Takes First Steps After Waking Up From Coma
Tina Frost was shot in the eye during the Oct. 1 mass shooting.
One of the more than 500 injured survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas is receiving a flood of financial support.
As news emerged that Tina Frost has awoken from a coma, a GoFundMe page created for the 27-year-old has topped an incredible $555,000.
At first, Frost was unable to move her arms or legs, but she began waking up last week and took her first steps without assistance on Friday, according to the page.
"We are so proud of our Tina, and everyone is amazed at every single movement she makes," her mother wrote in an update. "The doctors have been talking about Tina's next steps and are discussing other hospitals that will have all the specialists she'll need during her long road to recovery."
The frontal lobes of Frost's brain were pierced when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1.
The bullet remained lodged in Frost's right eye, which doctors were forced to remove. She will reportedly retain sight in her left eye.
Frost's doctor told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that her surgery took three hours and was extremely delicate.
Dr. Keith Blum and others at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center peeled back the skin on Frost's head to reveal her shattered skull and painstakingly tease out shrapnel from the high-velocity rifle round.
Blum called her survival "miraculous."
As of Monday, an astonishing $555,157 had been raised to help with the Maryland native's recovery, blowing the original $50,000 goal out of the water.
Other fundraisers supporting the families of the 58 people who died in the shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, have raised millions from around the country and the world.
The most successful of these donation drives was started by Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas.
As of Monday morning, that GoFundMe had raised nearly $11 million of its $15 million goal.
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