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'Getting stronger every day' - Tucson native off life support after Vegas shooting

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'Getting stronger every day' - Tucson native off life support after Vegas shooting

  • Savannah Nicole Sanchez
    Savannah Nicole Sanchez

A young woman who grew up in Tucson is "getting stronger and stronger every day" and is no longer on life support after being shot in last week's massacre in Las Vegas that killed at least 58 people and wounded about 500. Savannah Nicole Sanchez had been in critical condition after two surgeries, her family said.

"Savannah is doing great!!!!," her sister posted on Facebook on Monday afternoon.

"She's off life support and she's just getting stronger & stronger every day," Sarina Mendez said.

Sanchez, who now lives in Southern California where she attends Ventura College, attended Desert View High School here.

Mendez said on Facebook last week that she, two other sisters and their mother had traveled to Las Vegas to be by their wounded sister's bedside.

"The doctor said she will hopefully be off the machine in the next few days," Mendez said on Friday.

Friends of the family set up a GoFundMe account to assist with medical expenses. It has raised $23,000, much more than the modest initial $2,000 goal, which was later raised to $30,000.

"I want to thank everyone who sent their prayers to her. You all helped her get back to our Savannah we all remember," Mendez said Monday.

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