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Plane crash victim making progress in recovery

Plane crash victim making progress in recovery



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A Provo native whose blog has been read by thousands of people around the world is starting to show signs of recovery from a plane crash that happened two months ago.

Stephanie Nielson has been in a medically-induced coma in an Arizona hospital for more than two months. Eighty percent of her body was burned in a plane crash.

Today her mother, Cindy Clark from Provo, is in Arizona watching her daughter once again open her eyes.

"They've cut the sutures off of her eyes and her eyes are open. So, they say the eyes are the heart of the soul," she said.

Doctors say Nielson's recovery has been amazing, since many patients in her situation die from organ failure or infections. And thousands of people around the world continue to hold fundraisers for Nielson because they're readers of her blog on motherhood.

Doctors say Nielson might soon be talking, as well. Clark is hoping they'll be able to transfer Nielson to the University of Utah burn unit soon so she'll be closer to her family in Utah. Clark also says she's positive her daughter will be back at blogging once she's recovered.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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Randall Jeppesen

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