“She has about four hours of plastic surgery that has to be done to repair her cheekbone,” Miller said. “We thought there might be extensive reconstruction needed, so this is a huge prayer answered.”
Miller added that doctors are also optimistic that sight in her left eye will be restored.
Jaden, who turns 13 next month, woke up for the first time on Thursday night and actually communicated with her relatives.
“We were hopeful because she seemed so much better last night,” Miller said. “She tried to smile and she waved at me.
“I said, ‘Welcome back.’ She squeezed our hands so hard,” Miller added. “She saw two walls in her room filled with cards, and one of her T-shirts. She pointed at them ...”
Since a “Prayers for Jaden” page was started on Facebook, thousands of people from around the world have followed the Pulaski girl’s gallant battle.
Miller feels those thousands of prayers have been heard.
“We’ve had people from Africa, New Zealand and England praying for Jaden,” Miller said. “So many small children have prayed for her and I know God especially listens to small children’s prayers. God has had His hand in all of this.
“It’s been so emotional for us today,” Miller added. “I could just see all these angels hovering around Jaden and her surgeons today. I think that’s what these prayers have done for Jaden.”
What was seen as a very dire situation less than two weeks ago has turned into a story of love, hope and survival.
“The doctors think she’ll be fine ... God had a plan for this little girl,” Miller said. “She’s the type of person who loves everyone and everyone loves her.
“I think she’ll have a very amazing story to tell.”