3-year-old girl waking up from coma after road rage shooting in Port St. Lucie

3-year-old girl waking up from coma after road rage shooting in Port St. Lucie (WPEC)

Heartache. Hope. Fear of the unknown.

A three-year-old girl shot in the head during a road rage rampage is trying to wake up from a medically induced coma and for the first time, little Preslie Jean squeezed her cousin's hand.

Polly Davis is thankful her 3-year-old granddaughter Preslie Jean's heart is still beating.

“When the bullet came through her head, went in here and came out here, and the impact literally shattered her skull,” she said.

Preslie has been in a medically induced coma the last five days after being shot in Port St. Lucie Sunday morning.

On Friday afternoon, Preslie Jean's family stood by her side at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

“Right now, we are scared, there is a lot of fear right now,” Davis said.

There was a bit of good news Friday.

Doctors decided to start taking Jean out of the coma because her vital signs were strengthening.

“I think they took out the tube that was draining the cerebral spinal fluid out,” Davis said.

The process of coming out of a medically induced coma for a three year could take days. Doctors have to dial back medications and see how her body responds. By Friday afternoon, there were already positive signs.

“Yeah, she was able to squeeze our hands on the right-hand side today,” Davis said.

Davis says anxiety continues to build among family members. When little Preslie Jean wakes up, will her brain be OK?

“Is she going to remember us, is she going to know who we are when she wakes up? We don’t know that, and I think that is the biggest fear of the family, is the unknown,” she said.

With distress written on her face, Davis had this message for the person who shot her granddaughter.

“He took the life out of an innocent child and maybe she is still alive, but he took a piece of her that we may never be able to get back and he needs to be punished for it,” she said.

Davis says because a part of Preslie's skull was shattered, and the family will have to order a custom-made plate from Germany. She says the process will be lengthy and expensive.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the person who shot little Preslie Jean.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.

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