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Doctors say recovery of toddler shot by Canutillo mother in Denver is a "miracle"

Doctors say recovery of toddler shot by Canutillo mother in Denver is a
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Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:03pm

A two year old girl in Denver is making a remarkable recovery after police said she was shot by her own mother earlier this month.

Police said the mother, Mayra Nuñez-Perez, who is from Canutillo, committed suicide after killing her two other young children.

At first doctors were not sure that two-year-old Isabel Perez was going to make it.

"I don't usually use the word miracle, but if you can ever use it, this would be an example," said Dr. Ken Winston, a pediatric neurosurgeon in Denver.

Isabel was in a coma for more than a week, but Friday she opened her eyes, is breathing on her own and is even talking a little.

Dr. Winston said one of her family members told him Isabel said "hi" to another family member.

Covered with a pink blanket and holding stuffed animals, doctors said Isabel is improving every day.

"The past week she's been gaining in interaction and playfulness actually engaging in some playfulness today," said Dr. Margaret Clarke with Denver Health Medical Center.

Doctors said Isabel is receiving great care, but a lot of the credit goes to the little girl herself.

"I think that's just a testament to her spirit she's a feisty young girl, she's been feisty from the get go," said Dr. Clarke.

Her family notes Isabel's spirit in a letter they asked doctors to read.

"Isabel is a miracle. She's a testament of strength and the resiliency our children can show during adversity and tragedy," said Dr. Clarke.

And the letter adds the family is grateful for the prayers and support they have received from around the world.

"From the family in Colorado Springs who sent us pizza in the hospital to eat to the prayers and letters we've received from as far as Peru," said Dr. Clarke.

Isabel's sister Nevaeh,4, and brother Erik, 1, were buried in Anthony last week, along with their mother.

 

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