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Nurse in hit-and-run incident remains in coma

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Lindsay Bires Lindsay Bires
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Lindsay Bires has been inside Palmetto Health Richland for 12 days, trying to recover from injuries she sustained in a hit-and-run incident almost two weeks ago.

Bires has spent stretches of time at the hospital, but never has she been there this long. The hospital where she worked is now where she sleeps and her family spends the hours they're awake there.

"We get up at 5 in the morning, we come down to first visiting hours from 5:30 till 6, stay by her side," said Lauren Mac Kinnon, Bires' sister.

Mac Kinnon's been by her sister's side for nearly two weeks. She caught the first flight from Boston after hearing her sister was hit by a car while out on a smoke break.  Now the nurse is a patient.

"She's still in a coma," said Mac Kinnon. "She's still critical. She's still going to countless surgeries and they seem to find more and more as everyday goes by."

There have been some good signs. Like after a phone call from Lauren's young daughter, Lindsay's niece.

"She asked her to life her finger is she could hear Sienna talking to her Auntie Lindsay and she did lift her finger," said Mac Kinnon. "It was the first response following a command and that was great, it was really emotional."

One emotion she says she's feeling is hatred towards the person who hit her sister -- the person who got away.

"It's hard to know someone can just sit there watching TV, carrying on their day-to-day life and my sister's fighting for hers," said Mac Kinnon.

Columbia Police are still looking for tips. There are cameras, but there but they tell us there are no shots they are releasing now. They need any tips they can get on a small white car.

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