The surgeon told ABCNews.com that the patient has been removed from the ventilator and is now able to speak. He described her as "anxious" and "scared" but said that her family -- including her children -- were at the hospital with her.
He said he remains hopeful that she will recover because of the speed at which she was operated on.
"Only time will tell if she will recover," said Fulp. "My gut feeling is that she will because