Brazile showing progress in recovery

Published 3:24 pm Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Family members and friends of 11-year-old Anasia Brazile are rejoicing a little more this week as the seriously-injured young girl continues to recover in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.

Samson Jones, Anasia’s godfather, said the pre-teen is beginning to show some noticeable signs of improvement.

“She is breathing on her own and has a trach tube,” Jones said Monday. “She has opened her eyes some and responds to the voices of the people around her. She’s even smiled.”

Brazile was seriously injured in a vehicle crash on July 22 when she and her 13-year-old cousin, Nicholas Robinson were thrown from the bed of a truck. Robinson was killed in the crash and Brazile has remained a patient at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola since the day of the crash, family members said. Robinson’s mother, Angela Robinson, and Earl Dickerson, the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, are both charged with one count of reckless murder in connection with the teen’s death. The pair remains behind bars at the Escambia County Detention Center.

Jones said doctors are not giving the most desired prognosis for Brazile, but he said the family isn’t giving up hope.

“They have said she won’t ever get up and play like she did before,” Jones said. “But, look how far she’s come. I’ve just got faith that she is going to continue to get better.”

Previously family members had said that Brazile had suffered from a serious head injury that has left her hanging on to life since the day of the crash.

Terri Thomas, Brazile’s mother, had previously reported that doctors as the healthcare facility said the child’s injuries were severe offer only a small hope that she would recover.

“The doctors told us she had a bulls-eye hit to her brain just above the brainstem,” Thomas previously said. “They say that’s the worst place for an injury as far as rehab goes. But, I’m still believing in God for her healing.”

Family members continue to monitor her progress.