Vada Vasquez makes first public appearance

December 31, 2009 3:42:59 PM PST
It was all a bit overwhelming for a 15 year old, facing the flashing bulbs of the cameras as Mayor Bloomberg's guest of honor. Vada Vasquez had breakfast with hundreds of the city's religious leaders at the mayor's annual Interfaith Breakfast.

The Bronx teen made a fully recovery after being shot in the head by a stray bullet, which lodged in her brain.

Mother and daughter joined archbishop Timothy Dolan and heads of every religion -- Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths -- to pray for the new year and an end to the gun violence, which almost took Vada's life.

At a time the city enjoy low crime rates, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said more needs to be done to stop gun trafficking. The commissioner also called Vada's recovery a miracle.

Vada, like a typical teen, just wants to get back to a normal life after so much time in the hospital. With the power of prayer at today's breakfast, her family knows she'll make that full recovery doctors predict.