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Michigan shooting victim recovers after skull surgery Michigan shooting victim recovers after skull surgery
  • Abigail Kopf, 15, underwent an hour-long surgery on Friday at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Kopf is one of two people wounded in a February 2016 shooting spree in Kalamazoo that killed six people 
  • The bullet pierced her skull and frontal lobe of her brain
  • She was suffering from hypertension, memory loss and speech problems
  • Doctors were forced to remove skull plate in June because of an infection
  • Plate had been inserted after doctors removed part of skull following shooting 
  • Former Uber driver, Jason Dalton, was charged with murder and attempted murder after shooting dead six people

The teenage girl who suffered a fractured skull after she was shot in the head during a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last year is reportedly doing well in recovery after surgeons inserted a plastic plate in her head on Friday.

Abbie Kopf, 15, underwent an hour-long surgery at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Friday.

Doctors inserted a plastic plate to reshape a portion of Kopf’s skull that had to be removed after she was shot, according to WOOD-TV.

Dr. Gregory Wiggins, the neurosurgeon who performed the operation, said that the surgery went ‘very well.’

A Facebook page dedicated to Kopf's recovery posted a notice on Saturday announcing that 'she did very well through surgery.' Kopt was experiencing a massive headache throughout the night Saturday, but 'the pain is under control for now.' 

The teenager has made a remarkable recovery, considering doctors were preparing to harvest her organs when she was gunned down by Uber driver Jason Dalton on February 20, 2016.  

 Abbie Kopf, 15, who was shot in the head during a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last year, is doing fine in recovery after doctors inserted a plastic plate in her head on Friday

Abbie Kopf, 15, who was shot in the head during a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last year, is doing fine in recovery after doctors inserted a plastic plate in her head on Friday

 The plate was put in to reshape a portion of Kopf’s skull that had to be removed after she was shot by a gunman in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in February 2016

The plate was put in to reshape a portion of Kopf’s skull that had to be removed after she was shot by a gunman in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in February 2016

 Kopf has had a number of medical setbacks since the shooting. She is seen above in a photo posted to Facebook on August 19, 2016

Kopf has had a number of medical setbacks since the shooting. She is seen above in a photo posted to Facebook on August 19, 2016

 Kopf (seen left) underwent an hour-long surgery at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Friday

Kopf (seen left) underwent an hour-long surgery at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Friday

 A Facebook page dedicated to Kopf's recovery posted a notice on Saturday announcing that 'she did very well through surgery.' Kopt was experiencing a massive headache throughout the night Saturday, but 'the pain is under control for now'

A Facebook page dedicated to Kopf's recovery posted a notice on Saturday announcing that 'she did very well through surgery.' Kopt was experiencing a massive headache throughout the night Saturday, but 'the pain is under control for now'

Kopf is the youngest survivor of the Kalamazoo shooting spree that left six people dead last winter.

Then 14 years old, she was critically injured in February 2016 when a bullet pierced her skull and the frontal lobe of her brain.

Last month, Kopf was 'not doing very well,' according to a Facebook update shared by her parents.

Despite overwhelming odds, the girl pulled through and for a while it seemed she was on the road to recovery, but in June of last year she suffered a major setback when she contracted an infection and doctors were forced to remove a plate that replaced a part of her shattered skull.

 Abigail Kopf, 15, who was shot in the head last year during a deadly rampage in Kalamazoo is 'not doing very well'Abbie's family offered an update on her condition on Facebook 

Last month, Kopf was 'not doing very well.' Her family offered an update on her condition on Facebook. Kopf, then 14 years old, was critically injured in February 2016 when a bullet pierced her skull and the frontal lobe of her brain

 Daily struggles: Abbie, pictured here in December with her pet pig, Snuffles, sufers from hypertension, memory loss and speech problems 

Daily struggles: Abbie, pictured here in December with her pet pig, Snuffles, sufers from hypertension, memory loss and speech problems 

 Since Kopf had the plate removed from her skull, she has been wearing a customized Batman helmet to protect her exposed brainAbbie is pictured with her pig 

Since Kopf had the plate removed from her skull, she has been wearing a customized Batman helmet (left) and a Kalamazoo Wings helmet (right) to protect her exposed brain

In January, Abbie's mother posted a status update on a Facebook page titled 'Abbie Kopf's Recovery,' revealing that her daughter now has hypertension, meaning very low blood pressure, along with speech impediments and memory loss.

 Superhero: Kopf is pictured in October wearing her Batman Halloween costume 

Kopf is pictured in October wearing her Batman Halloween costume

Abigail, who celebrated her 15th birthday in October, was waiting for a replacement plate to be installed, and doctors warned the family that the upcoming surgery will be 'a lot more intense than the last one.’

Initially, it was feared that doctors would have to do a skin graft from her thigh and rotate her scalp to help cover the section where the bullet exited, because it did so much damage, according to her parents.

But Wiggins said on Friday that no skin graft was needed, according to WOOD-TV. 

Since Kopf had the plate removed from her skull, she has been wearing a customized Batman helmet to protect her exposed brain.

A few days before Christmas, Abbie's family shared a heartwarming photo of the teen in her superhero headgear posing with her beloved pet pig, Snuffles, dressed in a Santa Clause outfit. 

 
 Kopf (pictured), who was shot in the head and was once declared dead, was 'back to square one' in June after an infection following a surgery has worsened

Kopf (pictured), who was shot in the head and was once declared dead, was 'back to square one' in June after an infection following a surgery has worsened

 Abigail's road to recovery has been an inspirational one as she started walking again and moving on her own. Her mother, Vickie Kopf (right), applauded her daughter's perseverance in the face of near-death

Abigail's road to recovery has been an inspirational one as she started walking again and moving on her own. Her mother, Vickie Kopf (right), applauded her daughter's perseverance in the face of near-death

After Kopf was shot by former Uber driver, 45-year-old Jason Dalton, her heart had stopped and doctors were preparing to harvest her organs.

The shooting, which occurred in southwestern Michigan on February 20, left six people dead and two others wounded, among them Kopf.

The other survivor of the rampage, Tiana Carruthers, has undergone multiple surgeries and continues to make progress with the help of therapy, reported the Detroit Free Press. 

Carruthers heroically acted as a human shield by putting herself between Dalton and a group of children during the shooting spree.

In the immediate aftermath of the slaughter, Abbie showed signs of life by squeezing her mother's hand as she lay in a hospital bed. 

Her road to recovery has been an inspirational one as she started walking again and moving on her own.

Abigail's mother, Vickie Kopf, applauded her daughter's perseverance in the face of near-death.

 Former Uber driver, Jason Dalton (pictured), 45, was charged with murder and attempted murder int he shootings of eight people in the Kalamazoo area 

Former Uber driver, Jason Dalton (pictured), 45, was charged with murder and attempted murder int he shootings of eight people in the Kalamazoo area 

She said: 'She's an amazing kid, especially when you're told that she might be brain dead or she might not make it.'

Abbie underwent surgery in mid-May to have the 3D-printed plate inserted to repair the missing portion of her skull. 

But a few weeks later, the teen came down with an infection.

Despite her treatment with antibiotics, the infection spread around the plate, prompting doctors to act swiftly and remove it.

'We are back to square one,' a Facebook post read at the time. 

Dalton was charged with murder and attempted murder in the shootings of eight people in three locations in the Kalamazoo area.

Dalton told one of his victims he wanted to 'make America great again' - President Donald Trump's famous campaign slogan - moments before he shot her dead, police reports say.  

 Police have quoted Dalton (center) as saying a 'devil figure' on Uber's app was controlling him on the night of the shootings. Dalton's lawyer, Eusebio Solis, is expected to mount an insanity defense

Police have quoted Dalton (center) as saying a 'devil figure' on Uber's app was controlling him on the night of the shootings. Dalton's lawyer, Eusebio Solis, is expected to mount an insanity defense


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