Teen Whose Heart Stopped After Kalamazoo Shooting Now in Fair Condition
(ABC News) — A teenager who was critically injured in a mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been upgraded to fair condition 10 days after being shot, according to the Bronson Methodist Hospital.
Abigail Kopf, 14, was one of eight people in a series of shootings in Kalamazoo that left six dead. Suspected shooter Jason Dalton was arrested and charged with the murders.
Abigail was gravely injured in the shootings and her heart even stopped due to her injuries, according to officials from Bronson Methodist Hospital. Doctors were initially concerned she might become brain dead, officials said.
“Following restoration of her heartbeat, our team shared with her parents the grave nature of her life-threatening injuries,” Dr. Aaron Lane-Davies, medical director at Bronson Children’s Hospital, said in the statement last week. “Due to both the nature of her injuries and efforts required to sustain her life, our team discussed the possibility that she could become brain dead.”
The girl’s injuries were so severe that Gift of Life, an organ and tissue donor organization, was contacted with the permission of Abigail’s parents, but Abigail was never declared medically brain dead, according to the doctor.
The teen had been at a concert with her family when she was injured. Her grandmother was killed in the shooting, authorities said.
The family wrote on an online fundraising page today that Abigail’s condition had greatly improved and that she was now in fair condition. The Bronson Methodist Hospital confirmed the teen was now in fair condition, but declined to give a more detailed explanation of how she was doing.
“Abigail, her parents and our team continue to fight hard for her life,” Lane-Davies said last week, before the teen’s condition was upgraded. “In spite of the seriousness of her injuries, we are encouraged by the relative stability over the last few days and her responsiveness to her parents and our team.”