OAKLAND -- Nine-year-old Jacqueline Funes has two requests: She wants a drink of water, and she wants to walk.
The first is simple: When she's taken off her ventilator, she'll be able to drink again. Right now, there is almost no part of her body that is untouched by medical equipment and other paraphernalia as she sits in her wheelchair at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
It's that last request that seems the hardest to hear from the girl who was struck in the neck by a bullet during a shooting near her East Oakland home nearly six weeks ago.
"She is not going to walk again," said Dr. Vivienne Newman, clinical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
"She asks for water all the time," her mother, Silvia Funes Lopez, said through an interpreter. "And she says, 'I want to go home. I don't want to be here in the hospital.
"'I want to walk and I want to go to my bed."
Just before 6:30 p.m. on May 16, Jacqueline, then 8, and her brother, Jonathan, 7, were playing in the yard of their home in the 1800 block of 66th Avenue when a car stopped near the house. Two men got out and fired more than a dozen rounds at a 47-year-old man who was walking on the sidewalk.
"Her brother threw his hand over the back of her neck," said Kristina Ramsey, a hospital interpreter who has been assisting Funes Lopez, the girl's Spanish-speaking mother, for weeks. "He then ran inside and (told his mother) 'I got up but Jackie didn't.'"
Jonathan had been learning fire safety in school. Later, Ramsey said, he asked his mother if his sister would have been OK if he had just stopped, dropped and rolled.
Police said the man on the sidewalk, who was critically wounded and remains in a hospital, was the target of the shooting. No one has been arrested and no suspects or motive have been named.
Jacqueline turned 9 two days after she was admitted to the ICU. She gets her nutrition and hydration through tubes. Her neck is stabilized with a brace, leaving her unable to move her head. She gets help breathing from a ventilator, and still struggles to speak.
She doesn't smile much but it's clear she knows -- understands all too well -- what is going on around her. When she overhears a doctor say she won't walk again, her eyes brim with tears.
She can't wiggle her toes beneath the fuzzy pink socks made to look like cats, or reach up and touch the purple flower in her hair. But there are signs that the spirit of a 9-year-old girl lives inside a body that has suffered an injury no child should ever endure.
She cuddles a white stuffed rabbit and wears pink sunglasses, and her eyes light up just a bit when nurse puts a small crown on her head and calls her "Princess Jacqueline."
"She is at such a critical age," Ramsey said. "She remembers very well a month ago when she was walking and playing and going to school."
A handful of partially-deflated Mylar balloons still billow over her bed and there is a stack of handmade cards and drawings from her third-grade classmates at Lockwood Elementary School in Oakland. A stack of books sit on a nearby shelf. She loves to read but can't turn the pages any more.
Funes Lopez, a 29-year-old janitor who emigrated from Guatemala a decade ago, is raising her two children and a nephew on her own. She has no family in Oakland, but a boyfriend and the owner of the home where she lives have been helping her with transportation to and from the hospital and child care for the boys. Funes Lopez does not have a car and will eventually need a van for her daughter.
Even for Ramsey, who has seen a lot in her eight years as a hospital translator for 15 people a day, the situation is heartbreaking.
"This is a situation of suffering I've never seen before," she said. "This has affected all of us. ... Just seeing the suffering she is going through and hearing her (whisper), 'I want to walk again, I want to talk again.' It was the first thing she said when she woke up."
Doctors say Jacqueline will be at the hospital for many months and no one knows when she might go home.
"I think she needs to go through a long process of rehabilitation," Newman said. "We need to see if she can breathe on her own.
"Ideally that is what we would like so she can be unattached to some of this tech stuff for at least for part of the day."
Newman said she also hopes the girl will be able to use something called a "speaking valve" that allows a person to breathe in through a ventilator and get sound out through the voice box. "We want to find the best communication methods so we can maximize her environment for her," Newman said.
A breakthrough came Sunday when Jacqueline was stable enough to be wheeled outside into the sunshine. "(Her mood) is better since we got her outside," Newman said, though with her severe injuries, she is still considered to be in critical but stable condition.
A group of more than a dozen people, including several types of therapists, works with Jacqueline for hours each week.
"It takes really a huge team to support a child like that," said Newman.
On Monday, Dr. Christine Aguilar, a pediatric rehabilitation specialist, tried to lift the girl's spirit with a visit from Trinity, a 2-year-old therapy dog, but Jacqueline wasn't too interested.
Aguilar understood and promised to bring the dog by another time. For now, she will be a key figure in Jacqueline's rehabilitation.
"We are going to try to get her right arm moving," Aguilar said. "She's got to work on transferring out of the wheelchair and getting off the ventilator and (using switches for electronics and the wheelchair).
"She's got a long way to go."
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No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting that paralyzed 9-year-old Jacqueline Funes, and police have not released any suspect information.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the shooter or shooters. Anyone with information or tips on the shooting is asked to call Oakland police at 510-238-3455 or 510-238-3326. Anonymous tips can be left at 510-777-8572.
HOW TO HELP:
Donations to help pay for Jacqueline Funes' care can be deposited at any Chase Bank branch. Depositors should use account number 601008688, which is in the name of her mother, Silvia Funes-Lopez.