'It's not fair:' 16-year-old girl in coma after being hit by car
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A 16-year-old girl remains in the hospital in severe condition nearly two weeks after being hit by a vehicle on the city's northwest side.
It happened as Malu-Lani Savage was crossing the street near 95th and Brown Deer on Oct. 26. According to MPD, the driver remained on scene.
"It was raining, she went to the gas station to go get snacks, and she was hit by a car," said Domenique Savage, her mother.
Since the accident, Malu-Lani has been at Children’s Hospital, heavily sedated in a coma. Her mother says her injuries are serious -- multiple broken bones and brain damage. "Most of her bones in her face...and her teeth and her nose, and everything in her face,” she said.
After two brain surgeries and a stroke, Malu-Lani continues to fight.
"I still believe everything’s gonna be okay," said Richard Smith, Malu-Lani's grandfather. “I believe she serve a purpose in life, as long as she serve a purpose, we'll have her for the longest."
But seeing her in this condition is wearing the family down. "I have my good days, and I have my bad days. I breakdown, I try to be strong for her," said her mom.
Her mother, who is the sole provider, has been missing work. She created a GoFundMe to help with medical bills. "I'm not gonna leave her side, I wouldn't be any good going to work right now."
On top of everything, they're trying to wrap their minds around why so many people are getting hit by cars in Milwaukee.
"It's not fair that so many kids are getting hit by cars, so many adults are getting hit by cars."
It could take up to two years for Malu-Lani to recover from the accident. Due to the brain damage, her motor skills will suffer.
The driver of the vehicle was not cited.