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UNION COUNTY, Pennsylvania -- A Northeast Ohio woman is hospitalized after she was struck by a rock tossed from a bridge overpass.

Sharon Budd, 52, was in critical condition on Monday afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. Her family has been at her bedside since the incident happened last Thursday.

“She’s a fighter; she really is,” said her husband, Randy Budd. “I’ve never seen anything like it. That rock hit her straight on, straight on in the face.”

Budd, a mother of four, was riding in the vehicle on Interstate 80 in Central Pennsylvania while en route to New York City. According to Pennsylvania State Police, two teenage boys threw a rock from an overpass and it crashed through the windshield. The Budds' teenage daughter, Kaylee, was driving and her husband was sitting in the back seat when the eight-inch boulder came out of nowhere.

“I saw her face and it was bad,” said Kaylee Budd.

Budd is a teacher at Edison Middle School in Massillon. In a statement from the school principal, Diane Kittelberger said:  “Our school community has been devastated with the tragic news. Mrs. Budd is a very special person and loved by all. She is a kind, compassionate teacher who would do anything to help her students. She is well thought of among her colleagues and they are in shock over this news. She is a strong woman and we are praying that her strength and determination will help her fight through. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the Budd family.”

Budd has already had brain surgery and lost the use of one eye. Her husband spoke to FOX 8’s Mark Zinni and said another surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.

Lucas Budd, the oldest of the four kids, was on the phone with his mom right before it happened.

“She said I love you and miss you and I said I miss you mama. That was about 15 minutes before it happened and that was the last thing I said to her,” said Lucas.  His mom is a breast cancer survivor and the family prays she’ll survive this incident.

For Lucas, it’s even more difficult because he is scheduled to leave for a year in Afghanistan with the Ohio National Guard on Thursday.

“When I come back, I just want to get off a plane, have my mom just run up to me and give me a big hug and I hope that can happen,” he said.

A 17-year-old and 18-year-old already face charges but investigators said two other juveniles were also involved. They could all face more serious charges if her condition worsens.