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14 year old, shot in murder spree, pronounced brain dead, then squeezes her mother’s hand

by | Feb 23, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Abigail Kopf

Abigail Kopf

An important related note to the horrific murder spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in which an Uber driver is charged with gunning down six people.

14-year-old Abigail Kopf was shot Saturday in a Kalamazoo Cracker Barrel parking lot, pronounced brain dead shortly after arriving at Bronson Methodist Hospital.

But as Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz told ABC News Today

Her family told the lieutenant that an hour or two later, the hospital was in the process of preparing her organs for donation when the girl squeezed her mother’s hand…

The mother then asked her daughter to squeeze her hand again if she could hear her, and she did, Hinz said. The doctor asked the girl to give a thumbs up if she could hear him, and she gave two thumbs up, he added.

Abigail was then rushed into surgery to treat her very serious wounds. Her family released a statement that said: “Our daughter’s prognosis is uncertain as she continues fighting for her life.”

Referring to Abigail’s survival, Hinz said, “The only word to describe it is wow,” adding, “It’s absolutely a miracle that she’s alive and we’re definitely hopeful for her continued improvement.”

Categories: Brain Death