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Hit and Run Victim Makes Small Steps of Progress

In need of additional physical therapy, Shea Shaw's family turns to their community for help.

It has been nearly 16 months since Shea Shaw and her family's lives changed forever.

"Her eyes are much more alive," says her father, Robbie Shaw. "She’s starting to smile, she cries. She’s showing emotion. When I come in through the door, she’s excited. When she hears voices, she smiles. Her tongue is all over the place trying to make words."

These are all big steps for the teen who was fighting for her life just a year ago.

On Jan. 08, 2011 a 15-year-old Shea was crossing the street, at the intersection of Camden and Bascom avenues . The case is still ongoing.

The Los Gatos High sophomore , and her family picking up the pieces. Instead of a sweet sixteen, the , still in a coma. Shea currently lives with her mother, Cari Shaw and her father, Robbie sees her every week.

Now, it's prom season and Shea will be celebrating her 17th birthday. are and hope that the community comes out as well.

"Therapy is so key," Shaw says of his daugter's condition. "You have to keep her body working. All her body parts are moving much better. She’s making progress. She hasn’t fallen backwards in any way I can see. They are small baby steps but baby steps forward."

Shea receives an hour a day of speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy but Shaw says that it's not enough, which is why the familiy decided to have a benefit.

"We are trying to raise money for more therapy, to ultimately get her to a facility, like the Kessler Institute that has a 50% wake-up rate," Shaw says. "They teach sign language, flash cards, have hyperbaric chambers,which is good for your brain. We want her to be able to communicate with us because we know she’s trying. And that’s the ultimate goal, to get her to an institution that will benefit her."

The community benefit for Shea takes place Sunday, May 6, noon-6 p.m. at the San Jose Women's Club, 75 S 11th St, San Jose. The event will include live music, BBQ, raffle, silent auction and prizes, including a signed Thomas Kinkade print donated by the local painter prior to his death. You can purchase tickets here.

Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the and will specifically assist Shea's family with her medical bills.

For more information, visit Angels for Shea on facebook.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact San Jose Police Department at 408-409-5339.

g Akridge May 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Look at Shepherd Center, Atlanra also. That is where we went....amazing center. Keep the vigil stay focused. The brain and young body are absolutely capable to recover. Blessings, God is aalways there. The answers are too, Glenn Akridge....3 yrs out now
Cupido Philander May 05, 2012 at 04:08 AM
A Prayer for Healing in Faith 2 Cor 5:7"We walk in faith,not by sight" According John 16:24 (From Br Cupido Philander from Robertson, South Africa: “Shaw Family pray this prayer everyday for three days (3) continuously at 12 o’clock “ Loving Lord Jesus, when you were on this earth, you performed countless miracles. You are also performing much more miracles these days. I express my inability to handle this problem. I surrender everything at your feet, because you alone are able to solve my problem. You are mighty in power. Therefore, I humble myself before you and depend upon your power. I believe you shall perfect everything concerning me. Your name is called wonderful. There is mighty power in your name. Perform a miracle for me in your wonderful name in your matchless name I pray. AMEN “After 3 days contact me on cupidophilander@yahoo.com as feedback on your miracle and testimony ’’ or search me on facebook,"Cupido Philander "
Rachel Reynard-Weaver January 09, 2013 at 03:06 AM
My 12 year old nephew suffers from a TBI. He was struck by a car over a year ago crossing the road in front of his school. He was in The Children's Institute in Pittsburgh, PA for 5 months for rehab/therapy. He will be going back there next month for an intense rehab/therapy program to get him walking, talking and eating. I highly recommend The Children's Institute. They saved my nephew. I pray for Shea every day. God Bless all of you!!

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