A Maryland native who was shot in the head during the Las Vegas massacre is back in her home state and making progress, a family friend says.
Tina Frost's condition is improving little by little, Amy Klinger said. She took her first steps since the shooting on Oct. 1 and seemed to recognize friends and family members.
"Tina has a life ahead of her, and that's what we're fighting for," Klinger said.
The 27-year-old was shot as she attended the country music concert in Las Vegas where gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire. Her boyfriend carried her to the truck of a stranger, who rushed her to a hospital. A bullet lodged in her right eye, which doctors had to remove to save her life.
Frost's doctors think she does not know what happened to her, Klinger said. The doctors think she won't have any memory of the shooting.
Frost was flown from Las Vegas to Johns Hopkins Hospital this weekend, not far from where she was raised in Anne Arundel County. Her specialists are amazed by what she can already do, Klinger said.
"She physically took a few steps, very assisted, but she moved her feet one in front of the other from a chair to her bed and back," she said.
Frost is not speaking, and it's too soon to know the extent of any brain damage she may have. She will undergo physical and cognitive therapy, as well as facial reconstruction surgery. Frost lost her right eye, but the vision in her other eye is perfect, Klinger said.
Frost's father, Rich Frost, made a surprise appearance last week at a fundraiser held for his daughter. He told News4 he's thankful for the outpouring of support for his family.
"We appreciate everything that everybody's doing for her, pulling for her and all the prayers that have come. It's helping. She's made great progress. She's making progress every hour," he said.
As of Monday evening, a GoFundMe page for Frost had raised more than $559,000 for Frost's medical care and other expenses.