Family Remains Grateful During Daughter's Recovery


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Eliza Pilipenko continues to recover after she was hit by a car months ago.

Every day Eliza's dad spends hours moving her, so her muscles will be ready when she's ready to walk.

Slowly, the Pilipenkos see progress.

"We ask her, Liza, if you can hear us, close your eyes and we repeat it maybe two, three times and she slowly will you know close it and open it, which makes our hearts so happy," said Lena Pilipenko, Eliza's mom.

Neighbors have dropped by bringing gifts.

Mike Shenk, saw Eliza's story on WHSV and wanted to help.

"It touched me, because I know they said on there that they was planning on sending her to the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, and that's where my son, I took him when he was two years old, he was dying on me," said Shenk.

Along with his church, Elkton Presbyterian, Shenk gave Eliza a donation.

Cards have also poured in, as well as t-shirts featuring the family's new slogan, "hope."

Family friends at local businesses have also offered to help ease Lena's workload as a tailor.

"We're sending business her way wherever we can," said Kevin Murphy who works at Classic Tuxedos & Suits.

"We just keep getting surprised every day with how much people are willing to do for us, it's just amazing," said Julia Pilipenko, Eliza's sister.

With every little movement, Eliza proves she's a fighter.

"Yeah, it has given us more hope," said Lena.

"She's here today because the man above has got a special prayer for her. She's temporarily broke right now, but the man above, in time to come, he's going to make her walk again," said Shenk.

Once Eliza is more responsive, her family is hopeful she can go back to a rehab center and continue treatment there.


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