Zabree Calderon is an 8-year old girl who likes doing the typical things any 8-year old kid does, like picking on her brother. But Zabree is no typical 8-year old. Her speech is impaired. Each step she takes when she walks is its own challenge. A nurse is by Zabree’s side half the day providing her care she needs since being hit by a car two years ago.
“A driver hit me,” Zabree explained. “I saw my mama and daddy and I didn’t wait for the car to go by. I just went walking without looking both ways and the car hit me."
Zabree was waiting for the school bus at 12th and Angelina Streets when she saw her adoptive parents. She crossed the street, ignoring the traffic. A driver didn’t see her in time to stop. Her mother claims the driver was on the phone and didn't stop for the bus. She tried yelling for Zabree to stop. But it was too late. The impact from the car threw Zabree 15 feet.
“I was shocked. I was shocked when it happened,” said Rosa Calderon, Zabree’s adoptive mother. "They rushed her to the hospital but she was completely dead.”
Or so she thought. Zabree was alive but spent four months in a coma. She finally woke, but to a strange new world. A world she sometimes still forgets.
“She forgets who she is, what she’s doing,” Rosa explained. Rosa also struggles with Zabree sometimes forgetting she is her mother.
Zabree had a tracheotomy while in the hospital and still has trouble breathing. She also requires a feeding tube. She sleeps on a hospital bed. A vast inventory of medical supplies fill her room instead of toys.