Frank was completely crushed, faced with a truly nightmarish situation.
But one night everything changed. He had a vivid dream — in it, his wife approached him, whispering that “everything will be fine”.
When Frank woke up, his decision was made: He refused to shut down Jovana’s respirator. He would never give up hope for his wife.
Miraculously, Jovanna woke up against all odds. Even the doctors were stunned at the sudden occurance.
“Her shot injury was difficult, but we prayed and hoped and then she woke up,” said Frank, a policeman with the Salt River Police Department in Arizona.
For months, Jovanna struggled tirelessly to get her life back following the Las Vegas massacre.
Progress was slow and often frustrating, but Jovanna was determined to improve, not only for herself but also for her family.
Since waking up, Jovanna has come out with her incredible story.
Although facing her demons from the past is never easy, she continues to talk openly about her feelings and progress towards returning to normal life.
“Some of me disappeared that night on October 1,” she says. “Even though I will not be the same old Jovanna, I will come back stronger.”
“I will fight for them,” adds Jovanna, referring to her family. “And I will not stop believing in myself.”
Her powerful message is now touching victims of the horrific attack in Las Vegas and others around the world who may be living with fear after any given tragedy.
“We will not let people like him [the shooter] win,” she says. “And we will not live in fear”.
Jovanna speaking publicly whilst continuing to heal is such an act of courage. Her words are helping other victims and helping them get back to a regular routine after the devastating attack.
Her inspiring story is a great example of how we can overcome any obstacle, regardless of the circumstances.
We must continue to fight for what is right and what we believe in, regardless of what comes our way.
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