Thursday, January 26, 2006

Massachusetts girl moved to rehab

From FOX:
<>A brain-damaged 11-year-old girl who was nearly removed from life support before she suddenly began breathing on her own was moved to a rehabilitation center Thursday.

Haleigh Poutre had been hospitalized since September with severe brain injuries that authorities say were inflicted by her stepfather and adoptive mother.

Less than two weeks ago, the state Department of Social Services won approval from the state's highest court to remove Haleigh from life support, saying she would never recover from her vegetative state. But a day later, she started showing signs of improvement, and she was weaned off her ventilator.

Now, agency officials said, Haleigh can move her eyes toward where she hears a sound.

"There's so much absolute hope now," department spokeswoman Denise Monteiro.

Who knows how much better Haleigh can get with rehab, but thankfully the state was wrong. They still need to throw the book at her father.

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