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Santa, Elves Visit Family of Hit-and-Run Victim

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LAS VEGAS -- The family of a little girl struck by a hit-and-run driver on Halloween got a special holiday surprise.

The Ward family was leaving a church event when a speeding driver hit Brazyl Ward as she crossed the street. She was in a coma for several weeks. She has made some improvement and her condition was recently downgraded to serious, but she is unable to speak.

The Ward family has spent the last two months in the hospital -- around the clock -- caring for their daughter. They were anticipating a tough holiday, but Thursday, they received a special delivery from some elves and Santa.

The Clark County Fire Department rolled out a year's worth of donations, in presents. Little Brazyl may be in the hospital, but her sister Berlyn and her brother Brandon Junior were very excited.

Firefighters donated $5 from each paycheck they received over the past year and put it into a fund to pay for the gifts.

"That actually makes it more meaningful," said Tiffany Ward, Brazyl's mom.

Some of the firefighters who gave gifts were among those who responded to the scene on the night Brazyl was hit.

"To know that they were there to help save my baby's life, that's a miracle in itself," Tiffany Ward said.

The firefighters wanted to make the family's holiday a little brighter.

"It's just a little added pressure for the family and these guys have really stepped up and relieved a little bit of stress," Brazyl's father Brandon Ward said.

For a family who has been through so much, no one is more affected than the kids.

"It just makes me so furious to see my sister get hit by a car," Brandon Junior said.

As Brazyl continues with her recovery, Berlyn and Brandon will be by her side.

"I hope for her to come back and be as strong as she can be, and just get where she was before the accident," Brandon Junior said.

It's the closest thing to a Christmas miracle the Ward family can hope for this holiday season. They plan to move Brazyl to a rehabilitation facility as soon as next week.

Click here to follow Brazyl's progress on Facebook.

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