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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Six year old girl reaching rehab goals after traumatic brain injury

  • Six-year-old Brisa Bustos has covered a lot of ground in her journey to recovery. Brisa was transferred to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. in early August after being hit by an alleged drunk driver July 18 in front of her home in Dodge City.
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  • Six-year-old Brisa Bustos has covered a lot of ground in her journey to recovery. Brisa was transferred to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. in early August after being hit by an alleged drunk driver July 18 in front of her home in Dodge City.
    Brisa's aunt, Veronica Batres, said her neice has progressed from short interactions with her family in between bouts of sleep to putting together complete sentences.  
    “They initially were working with her to get her to hold up her head and be able to swallow,” Batres said. “She keeps getting better every day, her responses are getting faster too.”  
    Batres said that Brisa has met all of the preliminary goals set by her doctors and was reevaluated this week to set new milestones.
    Brisa's has speech progressed very quickly over the past three weeks, Batres said. She began by putting together two words and day by day was able to form full-sentences.
    Batres also shared the following update on a Facebook page for Brisa last week: “Her speech is still hard to understand at times but we are very thankful that she is able to communicate! She walked with the assistance of a robot last week so hopefully she can start to recover some mobility.”
    The "robot" assisting Brisa with her walking is a called a Lokomat. According to the hospital's website, Madonna's pediatric Lokomat, one of only 12 in the country, is the most progressive technology available to help some children with mobility limitations regain their ability to walk. The Lokomat gives patients customized support and limb guidance.
    “She's really doing a lot better than her doctors and therapists even expected her to be,” Batres said.
    Brisa had her feeding tube removed two weeks ago is able to eat normally again.
    “She called me before I went to visit last weekend and asked me to bring her cupcakes,” Batres said. “She kept saying 'Tia, don't forget the frosting on top.'”
    But according to her aunt, six-year-old Brisa has something she is even more interested in than cupcakes:  Justin Bieber.
    The Bustos family is working to see if they can get the teen-heart throb to visit Brisa. In the meantime, she has a Justin Bieber doll and his newest movie to keep her company.
    “I don't know when or how, but I am going to move mountains if I have to to make her dreams come true,” Batres said on Facebook.
    Gregory Anthony Martinez, 53, of Dodge City was arrested in connection to the incident in which Brisa was unjured. A contested preliminary hearing for Martinez is set to be scheduled at a later date in accordance with court calendars. In a contested preliminary hearing, prosecutors must convince the judge that there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and that the defendant committed the crime. If probable cause is established, the case will proceed to trial. If the judge decides there is not probable cause that the defendant committed the crime, the charge could be dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor for trial in court.

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