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6-Year-Old Wakes From Coma with Different Personality [Video]

Zoe Rain Bernstein sustained head trauma from a car crash in March that left her in a coma for a month.

Kelsie Bernstein said the doctors told her they didn't know if her daughter, Zoe Bernstein, would make a full recovery after being in a car crash March 25 near La Costa, CA.

Zoe was coming back from her dad’s house for the weekend when he lost control of his truck and crashed into a light pole, said Kelsie. Zoe, who was in a booster seat at the time of the crash, spent a month in the ICU at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

"She had to relearn how to eat, use the bathroom, brush her teeth, put on her shoes, everything. When she woke up out of the coma she couldn’t talk. It was completely starting from scratch," remembered Kelsie, who stayed at the hospital with her daughter for nearly a month.

Due to Zoe’s brain injuries, she developed attention deficit disorder (ADD) and behavior issues.

"Her personality is completely different," explained Kelsie. 

Since the accident Kelsie moved herself and her two daughters into her mother’s home in San Marcos to help cover medical costs. She also bartends twice a week at The Kraken in Cardiff.

With the help of an aide, Zoe will return to Mission Estancia Elementary in Carlsbad in the fall, where she will start first grade.

Donations to help Zoe can be made at lovezoerain.com

Josie Pitrullo July 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
poor kid..thank God she is alive!! the Dad had no Insurance though..not good as the taxpayers will have to pay for this, my hubby was only in same day surgery last month and we got a 14k bill just from the hospital, not including the surgeon and anesthia... can't imagine what the bill was for a month and all the care Zoie needed...in any event God Bless this child :)
Josie Pitrullo July 09, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I am sorry for you as a fellow chronic pain sufferer, I know and it does suk ;-(
Josie Pitrullo July 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
absolutley I agree with you 100%!!!
Josie Pitrullo July 09, 2012 at 07:43 PM
stop talking stupid ;0
Laura Waddell July 09, 2012 at 08:07 PM
To everyone who thinks survival with disabilities is NOT a blessing: in 2010 I slipped in the bath tub & broke my left ankle. After 4 surgeries (including 2 bone grafts) to fix it, the bones became infected & died, resulting in my having my leg amputated below the knee. I was in the I.C.U. for a week and almost died before the doctors amputated my leg. Now, a little over a year after the amputation, I don't tolerate my prosthesis well & am pretty severely disabled myself, but from a survivors perspective, it sure the heck beats the alternative. People need to think before they type. I wish this family all the best. You are in my prayers.
Ed Gordon July 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
You can flag Andys comment as "inappropriate" till the cows come home. Obviously someone with common sense reviewed his comment and made the right determination that it wasnt. Not everyone believes in a god and just because someone speaks up with an opposing opinion about religion, doesnt make it "inappropriate."
Molly Ann Polly July 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM
You apparently are all knowing? You say there is no God? So because you say it, we have to believe it? He has shown himself to me, not visually don't freak out. I was literally healed, when I was supposed to die. I can also attest to several other things he has shown me over the years. It wouldn't matter though. You have hardened your heart against him. What a shame. He is coming back and I would hate to see you miss out. And you cn scream or hate at me all you want Jesus loves you.
Molly Ann Polly July 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Mr. Gordon...I perceive you just want to argue. How strange you would choose an article like this to show corrupt manners.
Ed Gordon July 09, 2012 at 09:13 PM
"corrupt" manners because i dont believe in a god?
Ed Gordon July 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Molly ann, my heart is not hardened. Show me some cold, hard, actual, PHYSICAL proof that whatever god you worship actually exists and i guarantee you ill beat you to you church every sunday morning and will be sitting in the front pew when you get there.
Molly Ann Polly July 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Of course not. Do not be silly. It is your disrespect for those who do. You know exactly how this impacts people and your blatent unsolicited advice is corrupt manners. PS: If I cannot "reply" to you, do not "reply" to me. I will not argue this matter.
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Dana July 10, 2012 at 05:27 AM
As stated above, my daughter was in a coma for a month. I was thrown out of the same rolling car, going 70 mph on the open road. They removed a clot out of my head that was the size of my fist, as well as other major injuries. We were BOTH pronounced dead at the scene, and called in as DOA by the Flight for Life nurses. This same daughter was born with a severe birth defect that went undiagnosed for 8-1/2 months. Chances of death (for this problem) are 60 - 100 %. Again, she is a girl of great strength and courage. Every Dr. that has EVER seen her, is shocked that she has survived either one of these events, let alone both. The science-related Drs. have commented that "no human survives what you survived - God was with you, or you would never have lived". Believe as you wish, but I know that my daughter would have been dead long ago without without God's hand. She is a very special girl, and has been a great inspiration to many. May God bless Zoe and her mom.
vicki July 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Thanks for proving my point! lol
Chris July 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
How do any of you know that the mother isn't just trying to capitolize on a situation? How many people do you think had wheels turning after seeing a harrassed bus driver get $650,000 after a site was put up for her? Its fantastic that the young girl is alive and she will lead a normal life. We all have hardships. I have two sons seriously and permanently injured/disabled from fighting in Iraq. They will work their way through life the best they can without asking for handouts. Most people are saying where is the dad through this? What about the mom? There are plenty of mothers out there and fathers for that matter that are single parents and managing to go to school, work and provide for their children. Working 2 days a week and in a bar no less?!?!?! Go to school. Take online courses. Provide for your children.
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Jenny July 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts, from you are one who knows what "disabilities" are truly like to live with. I so agree with you, this sad and sweet story of this 6 yr old, is not the place for ugly accusations against this family, OR God. Bless you as you overcome your own adjustments in life. Who among anyone reading these has not fallen in a tub? Or anywhere! This is L-I-F-E...the alternative is death. The Zoe's and her family in life have hit the hard times in Life....so hard to overcome! But they are not visiting a little grave site. Little Zoe is early in her recovery~I hope they will share with all of us how she is PROGRESSING, if they find it worth it, from the very few, but ugly and stupid comments of a few.
Bill Shields July 17, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hello, thank you JMorales for giving the correct insight to the father. He loves his daughters more than anything.The video of the mother looks like shes trying out for a "reality show", slandering her ex is distasteful and the father sould file a civil suit against her. Try taking the higher road and do whats best for your daughter, it makes you look spiteful and imature. Accidents happen, hope you pray nothing every happens to Zoe under your watch. And just so the story is straight; the mother teamed up with her Mommy so the father can not see his daughters, so quit making him look like he's a dead beat dad, shame on you Kelsie!
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