Tina Frost, AACo. Native Shot in Vegas Massacre, is Out of Her Coma and Now in Baltimore

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Tina Frost (right) and her mother. Photo via Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

A nightmare situation for Arundel High School graduate Tina Frost has taken a turn for the better.

Frost, 27, was shot in the face while attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Sunday, Oct. 1. She was one of nearly 550 people wounded by automatic gunfire from shooter Stephen Paddock on the balcony of a neighborhood hotel; 58 people were killed.

Frost, who graduated from Arundel High School in Gambrills in 2008 and has since been working as an accountant in San Diego, lost her right eye and had to have a bone temporarily removed in her head to allow her brain to swell. Her family set up a GoFundMe account to pay for her medical expenses and their time off of work spent taking care of her. The money hasn’t stopped flowing. So far, the page has raised more than $550,000, 11 times its original goal.

More importantly, Frost’s surgeries and treatment appear to have been successful. After remaining in a coma and on a ventilator for nearly two weeks, she awoke this past Friday, according to an update on the fundraiser page. She showed signs of life, opening her left eye, moving her feet to music and even taking six steps with help from nurses. She’s also been able to breathe periodically without her ventilator.

And what’s more, she’s now reportedly returned home for treatment. WBAL-TV spoke with an official at Johns Hopkins Hospital who said she’s been transferred into their care. Her family wrote on the GoFundMe page that she’ll remain in the ICU in the East Baltimore care center.

Even as officials still struggle to piece together why shooter Stephen Paddock carried out his horrific plan in the first place, the grisly details keep emerging. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Frost was one of many victims who were shot in the head, strongly suggesting Paddock was aiming to kill with the shots from his high-power automatic-converted rifles.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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