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Valley woman shot in Vegas massacre makes remarkable recovery

Posted at 10:11 PM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 06:46:06-05

Two months ago, Jovanna Calzadillas was one of hundreds of others who were shot in Las Vegas at a music festival. Doctors told her husband, Francisco Calzadillas, to prepare for the worst. 

"It was very hard for me to make the decision to keep her alive, but we made it because we felt as a family it wasn't her time," said Calzadillas.

Calzadillas was right. 

Now, Joanna is awake and alert. She laughed for the first time on Thanksgiving, and is starting to string words together again. 

"It was emotional. I'm happy, but at the same time, emotional, because we were always in the dark," said Calzadillas.

Joanna is now being treated in the Valley. She has several weeks of physical therapy ahead. 

Francisco said it will be a long and tough road, but he is not taking any moments for granted. 

"If I ask her for a kiss, she'll kiss me. She'll hold my hand. She knows my name, she remembers other people's names," he added. "She is very strong and very determined."

There is a GoFundMe for Jovanna. All money will help to pay her medical expenses.