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TODDLER HURT WHEN SWING SET FELL IS COMING HOME

Within the week, Sarah Antorino will welcome home the daughter she has watched over in a hospital bed since December. And she could welcome a new baby, as well.

Antorino, the mother of 2-year-old Lexi, who has been at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg since a swing set fell on top of her, is due to give birth to a second child Feb. 29.

"It could be any day," Antorino said Friday. "We're doing great."

The family continues preparing for Lexi's arrival, installing hardwood floors in her bedroom at their Palmetto home to ease moving equipment that is helping her live.

Transforming the toddler's room, with the help of a hospital bed donated Friday by Shriners Children's Hospital in Tampa, will help the family care for the little girl on its own.

Lexi suffered head injuries and lapsed into a coma Dec. 9 when a swing set collapsed on her at Palmetto Point.

Her parents see signs of hope in her, including her reflexes when they talk to her or while she is dreaming.

"It looks like she's having good dreams," her mother said. "Every day it's getting better. She's proving them (doctors) wrong."

Meanwhile, community support for the family continues to pour in.

Traci Cristello, an English teacher at Braden River and coach of the school's Black Pearls dance team, felt moved to action.

"Of course, my heart went out to this little girl and her family," she said.

She and her dance team passed the hat last week at school, drumming up $280 in donations.

"Any loose change, anything they had," Cristello said. "I'm a mother; I can't imagine what this family is going through."

Also in support of Lexi, proceeds from a fishing tournament at Lake Kissimmee on March 2 will benefit her family. For more information, call Joe Pepper at (813) 326-7565.

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