A young woman is making strides after being shot in the head in January 2014 during an alleged robbery.
"They didn't think I was going to make it," said Lauren George, 20, said. "They thought if I did make it I wouldn't be able to speak."
George has certainly beaten the odds and she is thankful to be here to tell her story.
"I'm glad I'm here, that I'm alive, even though it's been hard," George said.
On January 20, Lauren said there was a robbery at her apartment complex in Montevallo and the suspects started shooting in the parking lot. She was struck in the head by a stray bullet.
The only thing she remembers of that night is waking up at UAB hospital in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.
"I was in a coma and I woke up and pulled out my tube and asked for my mom and dad," Lauren said.
The bullet entered through the back of her head and shattered the left side of her skull. If left her with two brain injuries.
Almost six months later, she still has swelling in her brain. When it goes down she will have surgery to replace her shattered skull.
George's mother, Kameron, said the shooting is still hard to comprehend.
"It's too much to imagine or comprehend that your child has been shot and could have died," Kameron George said.
Kameron George said there have been so many bumps in the road in her daughter's recovery. Just recently doctors discovered blood clots in her lungs and legs.
Though it is frightening, Kameron George said it is a setback she is not worried about.
"Because God had more than one opportunity to take her if he wanted her," she said. "If she gets no better than she is now we are so lucky. She is so lucky."
Lauren is slowing learning to walk again, though she still has a long way to go. She said she feels like her survival is a miracle.
"I feel like I shouldn't have survived," said Lauren. "I feel like the only reason I am here is because I have a purpose."
Kameron George said right now the focus is on Lauren's overall recovery, like walking on her own and regaining movement in her right arm.
George has been out of the hospital since March and has gone through extensive physical therapy. She will be going to the Lakeshore Foundation in a couple of weeks to finish up.
The two suspects in the shooting, Terry Searcy and Kevin Gutierrez, were arrested and charged with first degree robbery and assault. Kameron George said she hopes justice is served, but she says the family will never get real justice.
"Because of the life-altering events that have taken place, their punishment can never be enough for what we've endured and what we will still endure," she said.
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