The family of Vada Vasquez, the 15-year-old Bronx girl who took a stray bullet to the skull last Monday, declined their usual Thanksgiving feast this year, postponing it until the teen can eat again. But the five young men accused of involvement in the shooting were given a seemingly generous Thanksgiving meal in jail yesterday. Dinner included turkey with dressing, yams, steamed greens and carrot cake!
After being told on Wednesday that Vasquez could make a full recovery, her family was further relieved yesterday, when the teen was finally moved from Lincoln Hospital to begin her physical therapy. Dr. Narayan Sundaresan, the neurosurgeon who removed the bullet from Vasquez's brain, tells the Post, "She's making tremendous progress every day. She'll probably miss a semester of school. She'll have special needs."
Dr. Sundaresan also says that if the bullet had struck from a different angle, Vasquez would be dead. Vasquez was shot while walking home from school on November 16th; a 16-year-old is accused of firing at least six shots, which were allegedly intended for a rival gang member, 19-year-old Tyrone Creighton, who took a bullet but also survived.