A husband whose wife was critically injured during the Las Vegas shooting on October 1 says she visited him in a dream and told him everything would be okay. Months later, she miraculously headed home from the hospital.
Frank Calzadillas and his wife, Jovanna, were attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival to celebrate Frank's safe return from deployment to the Middle East when the unthinkable happened.
Jovanna was struck in the head by a bullet that ended up lodged in her spinal cord after gunman Stephen Paddock rained bullets down on the Las Vegas Village, killing 58 concertgoers and injuring hundreds more.
Jovanna was rushed to the hospital, where doctors gave Frank a grim prognosis, according to KGUN.
Photos of the couple:
Jovanna and Frank Calzadillas
In the days and weeks following the attack, surgeons asked the family to think about removing Jovanna from life support, an option they considered until Frank says he was visited by his wife in a dream.
"I had a dream that Jovanna visited me and she hugged me and kissed me and told me everything was gonna be ok," Frank told KGUN. "She walked away, and I called her mom and said we’re keeping Jovanna alive, she’s gonna be alright."
Miraculously, Jovanna did wake up from her coma and 18 days after the deadly attack, she was transferred home to a hospital in Phoenix.
Slowly but surely she began regaining her strength and was able to walk with the help of an exoskeleton by Christmastime.
On January 24, Jovanna was finally able to go home in what surgeons refer to as a "profound" and "amazing" recovery. She credits her astounding healing process to two parties: Her children and herself.
"I will not quit on them and I will not quit on myself," she told reporters during a press conference at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
"Even though I will not be the same old Jovanna, I will come back stronger," she said. "And I have one last thing to say: Si, se puede."
That means, "Yes, we can."
Her husband, Frank, says he is extremely thankful he did not heed the words of the physicians who told his family that Jovanna might never recover.
"The hardest part for us was the unknown," he said. "We as a family, we left it in God’s hands and here she is."