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Key Biscayne Police Officer Nelia Real was shot in May, not in the line of duty, but while going above and beyond the call of duty.

There were times when Key Biscayne Police Officer Nelia Real feared she would not survive. "When I was shot, the first thing I thought was I was going to die," Real said.

The bullet struck her windshield, shattering it. The fragments hit her twice in the throat, once near her vocal cords, near her thyroid, in a lung, near her carotid artery and several times in the left side of her face. There was nerve damage that mimics the symptoms of a stroke, with partial paralysis on the left side of her face. "I have no feeling on this side of my face and my mouth doesn't work right," she said with a raspy voice. Real remembers everything about the shooting and trip to the hospital. "Emotionally, I play this scene back a lot in my head," she said. "I keep picturing the person and the shooting and everything over and over again." Real was released from the hospital at the end of May. She is 18 months away from retirement and doesn't know if or when she will return to work. "I think we have a miracle here," Police Chief Charles Press said. "I've assured Nelly that this is her home." We will help her through this.

UPDATE: Like many people under the weight of this bad economy, Officer Neli has had to work overtime to make ends meet, including the mortgage on her home that is worth a fraction of what she paid for it. Unfortunately, since the shooting, she has been unable to work at all. Neli has made a difference in our lives and in our community...let's make a difference in hers.


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