The parents of 14-year-old Abigail Kopf who was mistakenly declared dead after being wounded in a weekend shooting rampage in Michigan say their daughter is fighting for her life.
Kopf’s parents, Vicki and Gene Kopf, held an emotional press conference Monday night along with the medical director of Bronson Children’s Hospital where Abigail has been undergoing treatment since Saturday.
Dr. Aaron Lane-Davies told reporters the teen is on a ventilator and is in critical condition.
Her parents said they have been by Abigail’s bedside since the weekend.
‘My daughter is not dead,’ a tearful Mrs Kopf said Monday. ‘She is alive and she is fighting for her life. I want everybody to understand that.
‘Abigail is strong and she is a vibrant, beautiful, young lady. And she did not deserve this. And neither did her grandmother or those other victims.’
Authorities initially said the girl had been killed along with six other people. She was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle parked outside a Kalamazoo-area restaurant when she was struck once in the head by a bullet allegedly fired by Uber driver Jason Dalton.
Hospital staff began discussing the prospect of harvesting her organs for donation when she squeezed her mother’s hand.
Vicki Kopf described that moment as ‘breathtaking’ and ‘a miracle on its own,’ reported the station WWMT.
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