LAS VEGAS (CBSNewYork) — A woman who was shot in the head during the Las Vegas massacre and was not expected to survive now has an extraordinary story to share.
In a wheelchair and with her husband, Frank, by her side, Jovanna Calzadillas was all smiles Thursday – three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 9/26 Sunday Morning Forecast
“We will not live in fear,” she said.
The couple was attending a music festival in Las Vegas last October, celebrating Frank’s recent return from an Air Force deployment in Afghanistan, when a bullet injured the left side of her brain, damaging the area that processes language.Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
“On October 1, a part of me changed that night. Even though I will not be the same old Jovanna, I will come back stronger,” she said.
Doctors told her family she would not survive and were considering taking her off life support, but they never gave up hope.
“I had a dream that Jovanna visited me,” said Frank. “I called her mom and I said we’re keeping Jovanna alive. She’s going to be alright.”
The mother of two did wake up and is now learning to walk again. Her family calls her recovery a miracle.MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito's Father Announces Creation Of Gabby Petito Foundation Ahead Of Public Memorial Service
A total of 58 people were killed and 851 others hurt during the shooting spree.