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AURORA, Colo. — Three-year-old Isabel ‘Bella’ Perez is the only child who survived the gunfire unleashed by her mother Mayra Nunez, who killed two of Bella’s siblings before taking her own life.

The little girl was hit in the left-front portion of her forehead by a single slug which exited on the right side of her head. The bullet passed through both frontal lobes of her brain. The injury left the child with limited speech and mobility. While the gunshot wounds were treated at Denver Health, over the last two months the girl has been at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where pediatric rehab has been ongoing.

“Her progress is remarkable,” said Dr. Michael DiChiaro. “She is getting more mobility back, her speech is getting better and she is now going through therapy designed to put her back on track for a kid of her age.”

Family and friends are all amazed by her resolve to get well, saying “Her strength is making us all stronger!”

The goal of the rehab is to help her get back into school, allow her to begin doing things a normal three-year-old can do, and to become a productive adult. With the recovery going as well as it is, those goals seem entirely possible. Sending prayers for Bella is probably something all of us can do without a doubt.

  • Three-year-old Isabel ‘Bella’ Perez is the only child who survived the gunfire unleashed by her mother.