Ja’Nyela Marsh-Highshaw was shot in the head while sitting in a car on Nov. 5, but a little more than a month later, the four-year-old girl is nearly ready to return home from the hospital, as alive as ever.
After the shooting, which took place in Racine, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisc., Ja’Nyela was quickly hospitalized and put into a medically-induced coma for 11 days.
“When this child came to the hospital I had grave concerns she was not going to survive her injury,” said Dr. Bruce Kaufman with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “The fact that she has survived is astounding. The fact that she has survived and done as well as she has is even more astounding.”
Ja’Nyela’s mother Janikka Marsh told Fox 6 that her daughter remembers exactly what she was doing at the moment of the shooting: getting something out of her book bag to show her would-be killer something she had done in school.
After the accident and her unlikely survival, everything was uncertain for Ja’Nyela, including if she’d ever be able to walk, dance, or create new memories again.
“The more I see her do, it gives me the ability to just stay strong, because every day something’s new for her,” Janikka Marsh said, who credits their faith for helping the both of them get through the situation.
Both Janikka and her mother, Ja’Nyela’s grandmother, Linda Rogers, have been by her side ever since the incident. The four-year-old was very positive about her situation.
“Thanks for praying for me,” Ja’Nyela said to Fox 6 news cameras. “After my birthday I’m going to be 5!”
The girl still has a long road ahead of her, including one more surgery, but her family is confident she can make a full recovery.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with Ja’Nyela’s shooting, but police are looking and offering a $1,000 reward for relevant information.