Nine-year-old children like to play with imaginary friends, and so does Shelby Patrick. The difference is that Shelby, of Shreveport, nearly drowned on June 2.
A month after Shelby was pulled from the bottom of a swimming pool during a party at East Ridge Country Club, the youngster is responding favorably to treatment at Our Children's House at Baylor in Dallas, relative say.
"Now I can really play teacher," Patrick said Monday after opening a box of books sent by her fellow students at South Highlands Elementary Magnet. Her update is mentioned in blogs by family members on the Caring Bridge web site.
On Monday, Shelby opened a math book and began to teach her imaginary class of students, the relatives say.
"Immediately she opened the math book and began to teach her imaginary class of students," the relatives says in the blog. "She wrote down the problems in her notebook, answered the first one and asked the class to complete the rest. After math, she taught the class spelling and reading."
In another sign of progress, Shelby briefly left the hospital for a moment of shopping.
To follow Shelby's updates, visit Shelby's page at carepages.com. An email and password are required.
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