A 3-year-old girl, who was in critical condition after being shot in the head in what her mother calls a “random act of road rage,” is finding the strength and courage to make a remarkable recovery.
It wasn’t clear if Preslie Jenkins would survive, reports CBS News. During a road rage incident that occurred on the morning of October 28 in Port St. Lucie, Florida, an angry driver sped up behind the family’s vehicle and fired a shot that changed the child’s life forever.
Jenkins was sitting in the back seat of her family’s truck when a single shot hit the top of her skull and exited her head. She was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
According to police, the suspect is a Hispanic or light-skinned black male. Preslie’s mother, Nikki Jenkins, is rallying the community to fight for justice. The shooter has not been found.
Preslie entered rehab and has even started to talk and walk again after a two-week, medically-induced coma. Nikki said:
“It’s had a major effect on our life.
It’s changed everything. Emotions I never wanted to feel. I can’t even put into words. I just want my baby back — dancing around and okay.”
But the 3-year-old has stunned doctors with her significant advancements towards a full recovery in a little more than five weeks since the horrific shooting.
The little girl is taking her first steps with assistance. Nikki said:
“She’s doing amazing and should make a full recovery. There’s little things we may notice but maybe not.”
GO PRESLIE GO! Three-year-old Preslie Jean is finally starting to walk after she was shot in the head during a road rage incident in October. Read the latest: https://t.co/CCV9hmWvnd pic.twitter.com/h82XcIt7EL
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) December 4, 2018
Preslie is expected to get leg braces and skull implants. A friend of the family started a GoFundMe to help cover the child’s medical costs.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that could lead to the suspect’s arrest.
According to one report, road rage cases with guns has more than doubled in four years.
To prevent being a victim of an aggressive or violent behavior stemming from driving, the DMV, recommends pulling over if someone is tailing you or using a friendly gesture to defuse the situation.
Nikki called her daughter a “fighter.”
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