It has been three months since student Shea Shaw was the victim of a hit-and-run accident and left fighting for her life.
Today, the 15-year-old Campbell girl is breathing on her own and showing small signs of recovery.
The accident occurred Jan. 8 when police say she was hit by a car at the intersection of Bascom and Camden avenues.
"Shea is doing good," says Nicole Miner, the girlfriend of Shea's brother, Dane. "She is making little improvements every day. Baby steps, but that is good!"
Doctors have now removed the tracheal tube, and Shea is breathing completely on her own. She is following more commands, and her eyes are starting to open, just a little, Miner says.
"She is starting to perform commands three times in a row for her therapists, and there is even talk about her going home in the near future," she says.
For now, family members spend their time between their homes and the hospital, taking turns watching over the teen.
"The family wants to thank the community for their continued prayers and donations," Miner says.
There are no new developments in the hit-and-run case, said San Jose police spokesman Jose Garcia.
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the and will specifically assist Shea's family with her medical bills.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact San Jose Police Department at 408-409-5339.
Updates 4/4/2011 at 4:02 p.m.