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“There is a lot of loss of muscle bulk and strength, which is something she has to work on. It is almost like a baby that needs to gain tone and muscle,” Mia said.

Another aspect of her rehabilitation will be psychological counseling.

Pippie’s mother is aware that recovery will take a long time, but she is optimistic.

“The thing I’m looking forward most is just to feel her arms around my neck again. Just to get a hug,” she said.