A teenage girl who was shot in the head and left for dead has defied the odds, telling reporters last week that she’s thankful to be alive and is “tougher than a bullet.”
As Faithwire previously reported, Deserae Turner, 14, was brutally attacked in February by two teenagers after they lured her to a Utah canal under the guise of selling her a knife.
Instead, they robbed her and shot her in the head.
After a harrowing ordeal — which included being placed in an induced coma — Deserae spoke out to media last Thursday, donning a shirt that simply read, “Happy.” She explained that she’s elated to finally go home with her parents.
“I am so thankful to be here today, to be alive,” she said. “I have been working really hard and still have a lot of work to do, I told my dad I am tougher than a bullet.”
She also thanked those who had been praying for her recovery, noting that people all over the globe have shown their support.
“Some of them I know and some I have never met, and they have never met me, but they cared for me, and they care for you,” she said, according to KSL-TV. “I would like others to know that people are kind and they do care about us and are concerned about us, even when we may think no one is there.”
Deserae had been at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, since she was discovered after the Feb. 18, attack.
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In a statement last month, Deserae’s family said the young woman was battling through the fight of her life, crediting God for her survival.
“Through the blessings of our Father in heaven, Deserae is still with us and has made progress,” the family said. “We are so thankful for the hospital staff that has worked every minute of the last 19 days to keep Des alive and healing.”
A GoFundMe has raised nearly $54,000 for Deserae and her family over the past two months.
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