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The "miracle" Michigan teenager mistakenly declared dead after she was shot in the head during a gunman's rampage exactly two months ago returned home Wednesday from the hospital — defying the odds, her doctors said.
Abigail Kopf, 14, made "significant strides" during her six weeks of intensive in-patient therapy, according to the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, which chronicled her journey in a video posted to YouTube.
Kopf was believed brain dead immediately after the shooting.
"We're trying to get her so she can go to school and can help mom and dad in the house," physical therapist Joe Winegar said in the video, showing the girl's remarkable recovery.
Mom Vickie Kopf applauded her daughter's pluck and perseverance in the face of near-death.
"She's an amazing kid — especially when you're told that she might be brain dead or she might not make it," she also said in the video. "To see her walking and talking and doing therapy the way she is — it's amazing."
Abigail Kopf was struck by gunman Jason Brian Dalton, who police say randomly roamed Kalamazoo on Feb. 20 looking for targets. She was one of two people injured. Another six people were killed.
Dalton, a 45-year-old Uber driver, remains jailed in the spree and faces charges of murder, assault with intent to commit murder and felony firearm use in connection with a mass shooting. Cops collected more than 40 shell casings across three scenes.
According to authorities, Dalton's rage manifested after he claimed he was possessed by the Uber app on his cellphone.
Kopf's road to a more normal life won't be easy, but her parents said she's already exceeded expectations by being able to walk, talk and eat.
Her daily regimen of physical therapy has included balancing and coordinating her movements.
"It was good luck that she was found quickly, it was good luck that the bullet took the path it did," dad Gene Kopf said in the video.
As for Abigail Kopf's immediate goal once she's home, she wants to reunite with her friends — including her pet pig, Hamlet, and cat Basil, said her mom.
Her daughter "knows that if she wants to be as normal as possible, she says, 'I have to do what I'm told to get there,'" Vickie Kopf said. "'And I'm not giving up.'"