The family and friends of Merida Miel Canche Gibson have reason to celebrate this week.
The 2-year old, who was run over by an SUV in the driveway of a Stillwater home on Thanksgiving Day, was released from The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
A family friend said she was released to head back to Stillwater with her mom and sister, where she’ll stay for the foreseeable future while she continues to recover.
Merida and her sister Isabel Canche Gibson live in Yucatan, Mexico with their mother Amber Gibson and father Miguel Canche but have been visiting Amber’s family in the Stillwater area since July.
They had planned to rejoin the father in Mexico on Nov. 26 but will be staying in Oklahoma for the foreseeable future while Merida recovers from her injuries which included facial injuries, a fractured skull and a broken tibia.
Efforts continue to get a temporary visa for the father, who is a Mexican citizen, on humanitarian grounds so he can be with his family while Merida recovers.
Last week Canche said he was banned from entering the U.S. for 10 years after being deported eight years ago and it doesn’t look like the U.S. government is willing to grant him even a temporary visa.