CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio middle school teacher whose skull was crushed by a rock dropped onto her vehicle from a Pennsylvania overpass is recovering from her sixth surgery.
Sharon Budd of Lake Township had surgery about a week before Thanksgiving Day to remove plastic skull pieces that had been protecting her brain but became contaminated, The Repository (http://bit.ly/11ADUc7 ) in Canton reported.
Her husband, Randy Budd, said she was walking, talking and in good spirits days later. And, three days after her latest hospital release, she had an extra reason to celebrate on the holiday: It was also her 53rd birthday.
She will need at least two more major surgeries, but the family remains hopeful, her husband said in a letter thanking their community and supporters that was published by the newspaper.
"The doctors continue to be amazed of her progress. ... On this Thanksgiving Day, which is also Sharon's birthday, we couldn't be more grateful!" he wrote.
Budd was riding with her husband and daughter when the 4.6-pound rock crashed through the front window and struck her head July 10. She lost her right eye, suffered brain damage and went through rehabilitation at a Danville, Pennsylvania, hospital.
Four young men were charged in the case.
One testifying under a deal with prosecutors said the defendants set out to do damage that day and laughed as they drove away from the scene after hearing the rock hit a vehicle.
Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com