Maryland woman wakes up, takes first steps after being put in a coma in Las Vegas shooting
Tina Frost, the Maryland woman who was put in a coma after being seriously injured in the Las Vegas shooting, woke up Friday and took her first steps since she was hospitalized, according to a family spokesperson.
Frost, a 27-year-old Anne Arundel County-native, was attending the 'Route 91 Harvest Festival' on October 1 with her co-workers and longtime boyfriend, Austin Hughes, when the barrage of gunfire erupted and a single bullet struck Frost in the forehead. The bullet pierced the frontal lobes of her brain before ricocheting, landing in her right eye.
She has been in the Sunrise Hospital ever since. On Friday, Frost was able to see her loved ones again.
"She opens her left eye just a [little] 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," the family spokesperson said in a statement. "She sometimes taps to music and also took her first steps today with the assistance of the nurses - three steps to the chair and three steps back to the bed."
The shooting left 59 people dead and injured nearly 600 others at the country concert along the Vegas Strip.
“She just went to a concert. It’s hard to wrap my brain around it,” said Tina’s grandmother, Carlene Printy.
The spokesperson added that Frost was able to sit in a chair for about six hours on Thursday and that she has a teddy bear, given to her by employer Ernst & Young, that she "hugs and pats on the back."
Frost lost her right eye in the shooting and was just recently starting to breathe on her own.
The spokesperson says that doctors are discussing moving Frost to a different facility as she continues on her road to recovery.
On Thursday, friends and family packed The Hideaway restaurant in Odenton to buy “Tina t-shirts” and “Tina wristbands" raising thousands of dollars for her recovery.
Frost graduated from Arundel High School in 2008 where she was a standout soccer player and a member of the lacrosse team. She continued her soccer career while attending Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.