FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The John Peter Smith Hospital nurse who was seriously injured during an elevator malfunction at the hospital last month is doing better, but still has a long way to go.

Nurse Carren Stratford’s attorney Kern Lewis told CBS 11 News, Stratford was moved from the ICU to a Step Down Unit where she will be able to receive more therapy.

Carren Stratford – JPS Hospital nurse (courtesy: attorney Frank Branson)

“She has limited communication availability but she is aware her family is next to her… They believe she will need lots of therapy to recover, but she is a fighter,” said Lewis.

Officials with JPS Hospital said on January 20 Stratford was stepping onto Elevator 29 when the unit malfunctioned and continued moving upward. The nurse’s foot got caught and the elevator carried her body up, crushing her between the 10th and 11th floors.

Since the accident, Stratford, 56, has been hospitalized at JPS suffering brain damage, seizures, internal injuries and undergoing multiple surgeries.

A CBS 11 investigation revealed at least 51 times in the past year when people were trapped in elevators at JPS Hospital.