Mass shooting victim will have bullet fragments in her brain "forever"

The story of a 27-year-old woman whose life has been changed forever after the mass shooting on the strip. 10/12/17 (Gabby Hart | KSNV)

Tina Frost, 27, works as an accountant in San Diego, but the Maryland native's life changed forever last week when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip.

Tina was at the concert with her boyfriend and eight of their friends and when the gunfire started raining down she was hit in the face.

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"The bullet went through her right eye and went up into her skull and destroyed a lot of the bone," said Dr. Keith Blum.

Blum is Tina’s neurosurgeon. He says there are fragments from the bullet lodged in her skull that will never be removed. But she's showing signs of progress that has him hoping for the best.

"Today, she sat up for six hours straight, and she was able to squeeze my hand, and she wiggled her toes. So the signs are getting through which is great," said Blum.

Tina’s mom, Mary Moreland, says when she got the news she hopped on the first flight from Maryland to Las Vegas to be by her daughter's side, and she says the damage to Tina’s face was so extensive that she barely recognized her.

Mary says her daughter will need extensive plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. She went on to say that her daughter had a bright future ahead of her, and it pains her to have to watch Tina fight for her life when she at one point had it all together.

"Tina had a great job, she had a great boyfriend, she had a great place to live, she had a great car, she had great friends and just in a minute, her whole life changed," said Moreland.

Mary says she understands that there are so many others feeling her pain after last week’s massacre and that she wants those families to remain strong through this tragedy.

"I don't know how I do it, I just find it within me, you have too," said Moreland.

Doctors say Tina has a long road of recovery ahead of her, her mom plans to move Tina to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, so she can be closer to home.

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