Abigail Kopf's Recovery Fund
From the moment you bring a child into this world, you wonder – and often worry – what their future holds. But what happened to our daughter, Abigail Kopf, on the night of February 20th in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was beyond any nightmare we ever could have imagined.
With no warning or reason, a complete stranger shot our Abbie and seven other people at random. When her father and I arrived at Abbie’s side in the hospital, blood was pouring from our 14 year old daughter’s head, and the doctors told us to say our goodbyes. Moments later, Abbie flat lined. Doctors worked frantically to save her, but ultimately, nothing could be done. They announced the time, and left us with our baby.
I laid my head on my daughter’s chest, and I thought I heard a heartbeat. I asked the nurse to check her, and that's when they felt a pulse. She was back. Now the question was, is her mind still working?
Hours later, I took her hand in mine and asked her, "Abbie, if you can hear me, let me know." That's when she intertwined her fingers with mine and squeezed my hand.
That was 6 weeks ago. Not only did Abbie come back to us, she’s walking and talking. But her path to full recovery is uncharted and may never end.
While she might be able to leave the rehab hospital in the next month, she has a lot of work – and a lot of unknowns - ahead. Doctors say we will have to remodel our home so Abbie does not have to use stairs, and she will continue rehab for the foreseeable future as an outpatient.
We are grateful for the thoughts, prayers and support of so many people. You have walked beside our family every step of the way, and we can never adequately express our gratitude. Now, we hope and pray that you will continue sharing this journey with us. We need you, and more importantly Abbie needs you.
By helping Abbie Kopf, you will help a community devasted by truly senseless violence recover, because she is a ray of hope in an otherwise horrible event. Abbie, her family, and most importantly, Southwest Michigan will be immensely grateful.
--Vickie Kopf (Abbie's Mother)
We ask to be left alone on this tragic date.
Thank you for respecting our wishes.
Thank you for respecting our wishes.
She is suffering some horrendous headaches, which is to be expected after such a major head surgery.
There are many doctor's appointments in the following weeks.
I can't offer funds right now, but I'd like to open a door of communication with you. I survived being shot twice in the head when I was 16 years old in 1984. It's a nightmare that nobody could understand unless you've been there. I read Abbie's story on CNN and it left me in tears. I had to rebuild my life and have done so, but it's not easy. I know Abbie's ordeal is horrific and for Mom and Dad it's crippling watching your child endure. I am offering a sincere shoulder to cry on if you wish to communicate.
Abbie, sorry about the infection, but I know this will be a short delay to getting the plate in for good. Sorry you have to go through the pain of it all, but so thankful you are here. You are super brave, not sure I could do what you have already done! This is not going backward, just a curve along the way. Hang in there, so many of us are behind you!
Abby, I absolutely know that you will overcome this terrible thing that has happened to you and will someday be living your dreams and helping others. Who knows the wonderful cures and discoveries the sea has to offer and you will be a part of that research! Your future is bright...it is guided by your spirit and inspired by your parents and everyone that loves you (including a tribe of heavenly angels.)
Abigail..you are such a blessing..and such a great future ahead of you..keep strong, never give up hope. The next few weeks will go by..and before you know it you will back to your self...you are a strong young bright lady...and there was a reason you are still with us after that event..and that is to be a bright star and shine for those around you..so God bless ur amazing soul and smile because you are amazing...
Oh sweet Abbie; I wish there were something more I could offer you right now than mere platitudes... But I know you are surrounded by love, and you are an amazingly strong young woman - you will get over this hurdle, just as you've gotten over the others. Just remember - you have the entire world rooting for you Abbie; you'll get past this too, tough though it may be. xoxo
SO glad to hear that the surgery went well, and that the skin is healing! GO ABBIE!! :D :D Keep smiling that gorgeous smile, chica; we're all pulling for you!! :)
I keep continuing to share this page. Hoping Abby and the family gets all the help she needs.
Abbie looks amazing. She'll be so happy once she can get that other surgery and move on. Know your family will all be relieved. She's such a cutie. Hope one day to meet her if I ever come around the area. I feel like I know her already :)
Delighted for you,Abbey and your family . Keep up your hard work! The Lord has big plans for your future! With hugs and smiles from Kathy Castor