A girl who had half her brain removed after being shaken as an eight-month-old is now approaching age four and enjoying the childhood she almost lost.
Cheyenne Rae, of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, suffered damage to her brain after her father James Davis Jr, then 28, shook the infant when she did not stop crying in 2012.
The father, who was separated from Cheyenne’s mother Amy Owensby and taking care of the girl, was later sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty.
Cheyenne had been expected to die after her skull was crackedand she suffered bleeding on the brain, but was released from the hospital after a month in what relatives called a miracle.
She has undergone a litany of surgeries since and still experiences medical problems, but is now able to walk, talk and play with her friends.
Owensby posted in a Facebook group for her daughter that she has dubbed August 17, the date of the shaking, ‘Survivors Day’.