It's been more than a month since a College Station toddler suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
Doctors say the road to recovery will be a long one for Alexis Verzal, and that road has led the family north.
"Since we've been here, Alexis has made more progress than I thought she might ever make again," said Tiffany Verzal, Alexis' mom.
Brandon and Tiffany Verzal live and work in College Station. But when their one-year-old daughter suffered life-threatening injuries, they turned to their home state of Nebraska for help.
"It feels good, it feels good to be back and close to family and friends. We love Texas. We love where we live in College Station, but there's something about Nebraska and something about being home," Brandon said.
On April 3, Alexis suffered what investigators call non-accidental head trauma at a family daycare.
"We don't know what happened, we know what the doctors have told us, but we don't know what happened on that particular day." Brandon said. "You can do all the research in the world on the best place is to take your child, and do everything by text book in terms of checking to make sure everything is ok with that place, and you just never know."
Alexis is now receiving care at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.
"The goals they've set for her and the people that we've worked with here, they're just very positive," Tiffany said. "I hear over and over that Madonna is the place of miracles. That is true for our daughter already," she said.
Doctors are hopeful Alexis will take her first steps since the accident sometime next week. Until then, the Verzals are relying on the power of prayer.
"From coast to coast, we have people praying and doing whatever they can to help Alexis and help us out," Brandon said.
Doctors say Alexis could be at the rehab center for another four to six weeks.
There's no way of knowing the extent of her brain injuries, but Alexis is already smiling and moving her arms and legs, which are all steps in the right direction.
Meanwhile, the Brazos County sheriff's investigation continues into Alexis' injuries.
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