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Doctor: Hit and run victim "more stable"

Athens, Ga. -- Nearly a week after she was hit on the side of an Athens road by a driver that didn't stop, the family of Emily Bowman said they are now more hopeful for her recovery.  

She remains in a coma, but her swelling has gone down, and her doctor says she is becoming more stable.   

"She looks like she's sleeping," said her uncle Neal Bowman.  "She looks like she can get right up any day now." 

The brain surgeon taking care of Emily urged caution in discussing her recovery, because the process will never be as quick as waking up and jumping out of bed. 

"I tell people that in brain injuries of this nature, you're really running a marathon not a sprint," said Dr. Kimberly Walpert of Georgia Neurological Surgery.  

"We're talking months and months before we know what her recovery level is going to be." 

Meanwhile Athens-Clarke County Police say they are almost finished building their case against the man they think hit Bowman.  

The KSU student was in Athens celebrating a friend's birthday when she was hit.  Police said Thursday a warrant for his arrest could be drawn up in the coming days.  

His attorney has said the suspect will surrender if the warrant is sent out.