Thursday, 17 March 2011

SBS: Florida: John Coleman charged: toddler recovering

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- A toddler is recovering almost a year after being found in her Okeechobee home with severe brain damage from shaken baby syndrome.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the girl, identified only as Lilly, in April 2010 unresponsive with bruises on her head and neck. The girl, who was 2 at the time, was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Doctors later determined Lilly suffered from shaken baby syndrome.

After 23 days in the hospital, Lilly was released, but doctors said she was blind and had no motor skill control because of the brain injury. Lilly underwent physical and occupational therapy for an hour per day, five days per week for five months.

By February, Lilly had regained her sight completely and can now walk, talk and play.

Meanwhile, John Coleman, the man accused of abusing Lilly, is facing 11 counts of child abuse and neglect. He is awaiting trial.

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