Family Posts First Picture of Kalamazoo Shooting Survivor Abigail Kopf

Abigail Kopf, 14, was seriously wounded in last month's shooting.

ByABC News
March 14, 2016, 1:00 PM

— -- The family of a teen survivor of last month's shooting spree Kalamazoo, Michigan, has posted the first photo of her as she continues to recover.

Abigail Kopf, 14, was one of eight people injured during multiple shootings that left six dead. Accused shooter James Dalton, an Uber driver, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Abigail's injuries were so severe that her heart stopped and her medical team was concerned she might become brain dead, according to Bronson Children's Hospital, where she was treated.

Today, the family posted the first picture of Abigail since the shooting. Shown in a hospital bed with her sister and surrounded by stuffed animals, the teen smiles for the camera, seemingly in good spirits. The picture comes days after she was able to finally speak again, according to her family.

"This little girl loves her pig named Hamlet," her family said in an online post on a fundraising site. "Tonight, Abbie spoke her first word. It was 'pig.'"

"This gives us great hope that she will regain her speech. Let's hear it for our Warrior!" the family said online.

Abigail has been making progress since being injured in the shooting, according to updates from her family. Last week, she was released to a rehab facility, where she will continue her recovery.

The girl's injuries were so severe that Gift of Life, an organ and tissue donor organization, was contacted with the permission of Abigail's parents, but Abigail was never declared medically brain dead, according to the doctor.

The teen had been at a concert with her family when she was injured. Her grandmother was killed in the shooting, authorities said. A judge has denied bail for Dalton, 45. Kalamazoo police Det. Cory Ghiringhelli told the court that Dalton admitted to investigators "that he took people's lives."

ABC News' Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.