LUBBOCK, TX -- A seven year old girl critically injured in a car wreck earlier this month will head to Baylor Medical in Dallas on Wednesday to begin a months-long rehabilitation program.
Priscilla Maldonado lost her family, and almost her own life, in a horrific car accident. But those who know her say she isn't losing steam, as her health continues to improve.
"Little Priscilla had some really tramuatic head trauma, with some brain swelling and stuff," according to her uncle, Jesse Madrid. "But, she's coming along really good."
This Wednesday, she'll head to Baylor Medical Center, where she'll continue on her road to recovery.
"She's going to need a lot of care, and 24 hour assistance to get her back to the little girl that she was before, walking and talking," Madrid says. "They said a minimum of three months."
Priscilla's mother, father, and sister all died the night of January 10th, when their Jeep crossed over into oncoming traffic, and hit a pickup truck head on.
But sadly, this isn't the seven-year-old's first time in the public eye. She made national headlines as a newborn, when a woman posing as a nurse kidnapped her from the hospital.
"She's always been a special girl," Madrid says. "She's our little angel, because when she was kidnapped, and we got her back...that's our miracle baby."
And while the circumstances are tragic, her uncle says the support from the community has been overwhelming.
"We get a lot of phone calls every day," according to Madrid. "My phone doesn't stop ringing."
Madrid set up an account at www.gofundme.com to offset the cost of funerals for Jesse Maldonado, 27, Erica Ysasaga, 27, and Jocelyn Maldonado, 3. He said he also plans to set up a fund at Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, another family member has set up a fund at PlainsCapital Bank – also to offset funeral expenses.