Tina Frost, 27, had just driven from San Diego to Las Vegas to attend the Route 91 Harvest festival with her boyfriend when she was shot in the head by gunman Stephen Paddock.
And since October 1, she has not been able to leave the hospital or rehabilitation center. As previously reported, Frost was shot in the forehead, and the bullet track — which went through the frontal lobes of her brain — resulted in the loss of her right eye.
She was in a coma for two weeks, and she’s been fully immersed in her recovery process ever since. Her mother, Mary Watson Moreland, kept loved ones updated on Frost’s healing milestones through a GoFundMe page, writing about Frost’s first steps since the shooting, when she awoke from the coma, and when she was finally able to breathe on her own.
But in her most recent update, Moreland informed people that her daughter was finally able to go home for the first time since October 1:
… well another HUGE milestone for our Tina. She walked out of the inpatient rehabilitation hospital two days ago, got into Austin’s car.
Best of all, she wrote Frost would be able to get her first bout of privacy in more than two months (emphasis added):
And [she] will have several days off from all of the doctors, nurses, therapists, [dietitians], technicians and everyone else who knocks on her door “every five minutes.” She can enjoy her family and friends and some normalcy and doing some more on her own.
Moreland wrote that her daughter will attend medical therapy as an outpatient from now on.
She also asked that loved ones and community members heed to her 27-year-old daughter’s wishes:
Although we appreciate all the support, Tina doesn’t like being the center of attention. Please respect her privacy and feelings and not make a big deal of it if you see her out and about. She (and we) can be emotional these days and we want her to be able to acclimate herself to non-hospital life as smoothly as possible.
Although Frost clearly has no desire to discuss what happened to her with strangers as she settles back into her normal life, she and her family are overwhelmed by the amount of support they’ve received — all $607,000 of it.Frost Tina/Facebook
A family spokesperson told WUSA that Frost will still need to undergo reconstructive surgery; the outpouring of love and encouragement has been “unbelievable.” Naturally, however, it will just be nice to feel that support from Frost’s own bed.