Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) -- Haleigh Poutre, the severely abused 12 year-old girl who Massachusetts officials tried to win court permission to euthanize is responding and eating solid food on her own. That's according to a nurse who has been giving information to her birth mother, to the chagrin of the Department of Social Services.
Though she remains on a feeding tube, a nurse indicated Poutre is eating scrambled eggs and cream of wheat and has been able to tap out "drum rhythms'" during physical therapy sessions, according to a Boston Globe report.
Other reports indicate Poutre has been able to use hand signals to communicate, including holding up two fingers to indicate she wanted to see her younger sister. She plays with her mother and grandmother's hair when they visit and rubs their faces.