Celine Abril was recovering from a near-drowning Wednesday as her family celebrated the girl’s eighth birthday at University Medical Center.
Her stepfather, Alfredo Altamirano, said the girl has been taken off a respirator, is recognizing family members and following commands. Her condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.
“The doctors are just amazed at her recovery,” he said.
On Monday, Celine’s sister found her unconscious in the bathtub, pulled her out and called 911 while Altamirano performed CPR, Tucson Fire Captain Paul McDonough said.
Today, Altamirano said, Celine will meet with members of the media and public who have been supportive of her family since the incident.