At five months pregnant, Sharista Giles was involved in a car accident that left her in a coma. One month later, doctors were forced to deliver her baby prematurely.
Though her family was told that Giles would never wake up, she opened her eyes on Wednesday, four months after the crash.
"We never gave up," one of her family members told ABC News. "She's fought this hard."
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So far, Giles has blinked, given relatives' hands a squeeze and followed her father with her eyes. "He showed her a picture of her baby, and she followed the picture," the family member shared. "When he turned around to put it back on the bulletin board, she turned her neck, her whole head trying to follow and find the picture again."
The baby, a son, weighed less than two pounds at birth, but now weighs six pounds, four ounces. For the time being, the family calls him 'Baby L' in the hopes that Giles will eventually get to name him. He remains in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Our thoughts are with Giles as she continues to recover!
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