KALAMAZOO, MICH. — One of the survivors of last year’s deadly Kalamazoo shooting spree is experiencing some setbacks on her road to recovery.
Police say Jason Dalton, an Uber driver, shot 14-year-old Abbie Kopf in the head. He killed six people and badly hurt Kopf and one other woman.
Abbie was in critical condition and not expected to survive. Doctors were discussing organ donation when she squeezed her mom’s hand. Her parents called it a miracle.
By April, Abbie was able to walk on her own.
According to an update on facebook.com/abbiesrecovery that was posted Wednesday, Abbie is experiencing speech issues and memory loss, and her blood pressure is very low.
Doctors had put in a skull plate, but it was removed in August after an infection developed. Abbie has had to wear a helmet since then.
A replacement plate is scheduled to be installed this month, and the surgery is expected to be more complicated this time. Doctors will have to use a skin graft from Abbie’s thigh, and they’ll need to rotate her scalp in order to cover the area where the bullet exited.
You can follow Abbie’s recovery on Facebook at facebook.com/abbiesrecovery
Visit Abbie’s GoFundMe site at gofundme.com/pqxbwjrw