Hit-and-run victim undergoes seven hours of surgery
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Heather Elliott a week after the hit-and-run. Courtesy Christopher Perfetto
An X-ray shows the device doctors attached to Heather's spine. Courtesy Christopher Perfetto
An X-ray from another angle shows the device doctors attached to Heather's spine. Courtesy Christopher Perfetto
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - After seven hours of surgery, a young hit-and-run victim continues on the road to recovery. The search for the person who caused her injuries also continues but without success.
Doctors shored up Heather Elliott’s spine with rods and screws during the recent surgery, according to the family. While the 17-year-old still has many operations ahead of her, her father, Christopher Perfetto, says this was a turning point in her recovery, which is expected to take two years.
Perfetto says Heather was actually able to sit up for about half an hour until she threw up and had to lie down again.
While Heather is confined to a hospital bed, whoever did this to her has not been caught. If you have any information that might lead law enforcement to the driver, call 88-CRIME or 9-1-1.