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Brazyl Ward thankful while in rehab after hit-and-run

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Brazyl Ward and her mom, Tiffany Ward, together at a Las Vegas rehabilitation center. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) Brazyl Ward and her mom, Tiffany Ward, together at a Las Vegas rehabilitation center. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's been one month since Brazyl Ward left University Medical Center to enter the next chapter of her recovery at a local rehabilitation facility.

The six-year-old was left for a dead in a hit-and-run crash on Halloween night. Her parents said she is again making leaps and bounds in her progress.

"Twinkle, twinkle little star," said Brazyl.

Her singing is something her parents, Tiffany and Brandon Ward, live for every day.

"When she got the tracheotomy tube out, they were saying she wasn't going to be talking as loudly," said Tiffany Ward. "She's getting louder and louder every day. I would say it's miraculous."

It's these simple joys that the Ward family calls huge milestones. It was Halloween night when Brazyl, dressed as a Power Ranger, was hit by a driver on the Valley's west side. It's a crash that left her critically injured.

Now at a rehabilitation center, the six-year-old undergoes extensive physical and speech therapy and needs around-the-clock care.

So far, she's learned to breathe on her own, talk and is starting to eat again.

"She's just ran with everything," said Brandon Ward. "She's fought through all the pain. She struggles, and it's hard for her. You can see it on her face, but right after you see a tear, you see a smile."

The next big milestone is learning to walk again. Brazyl still has difficulty moving the right side of her body. However, her parents aren't worried.

"She's endured the pain that she has and has persevered and overcame it," said Brandon Ward. "I can never go what she's gone through."

They call Brazyl's story an example of turning a horrible tragedy into hope.

"She's not going to stop," said Tiffany Ward. "That night is not going to stop her."

"Thank you for believing in me," said Brazyl. "Thank you for praying for me."

The Wards aren't sure how long Brazyl will be in rehab, but they don't want to rush it. They've been able to cope with everything thanks to the community's help.

The family said they haven't lost hope the driver in that hit-and-run crash will get caught.

Police described the driver as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s. They also described the sedan as a four-door gray or silver, mid-2000s vehicle. They said the vehicle fled into a residential area near Spring Valley Parkway and Peace Way. They urged any resident who has home surveillance video to turn it in to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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