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Alexis Verzal Makes Major Progress

By: Lance Schwartz, KOLN TV
By: Lance Schwartz, KOLN TV

One-year-old Alexis Verzal was allegedly injured by a worker at a daycare facility in College Station. She suffered what doctors called non-accidental head trauma.

Her parents, who were employed at the time by Texas A&M's athletics department, are both Nebraska natives, so they decided to bring their one-year old daughter to Lincoln, Nebraska's Madonna Rehabilition Hospital.

In the past five months, their 19-month-old daughter has made tremendous strides in her recovery, literally.

Alexis has been undergoing intense therapy five hours a day, five days a week.

Erin Luebbert, an occupational therapist at Madonna, said, "from where we started to where we are now, she's a completely different girl. She's a lot of fun to engage with. She actively tries to get the therapists attention. No one can come into the room without her lighting up."

Alexis' brain was essentially unplugged for two months, which makes her recovery even more incredible.

"She's got all of her words back and she didn't talk for almost two months," Tiffany, her mother, said. "She had lost everything. She has all of her words back and a ton more in her vocabulary."

In fact, she just had a test recently and they think she's actually a month ahead of a normal 19 month old in vocabulary, her dad says.

"To think that she went two months without talking and went pretty much without any brain activity for two months and to be back there again already and have all of her words back and to be working forward from here, we're just blown away," Brandon Verzal said. "We can work on the physical stuff, but it's great to know the cognitive stuff is at least coming back."

Dana Rene Munyon has been charged with injury to a child, a first degree felony. The daycare operation she was running was illegal, according to the state.


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