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Girl perseveres through devastating spinal cord injury

Living with a permanent disability can be extremely challenging. In addition to the physical limitations, people who are permanently disabled may also suffer mental anguish related to the lifestyle limitations that their condition may cause. This is especially true for people who have disabilities caused by a traumatic event like a car accident.

West Virginia residents who are in this situation may be able to get some inspiration from a young girl who refuses to let a devastating spinal cord injury define her life. Roughly two years ago, the girl's aunt was driving her home from kindergarten when a drunk driver plowed into the aunt's car. Among other serious injuries, the accident left the little girl paralyzed from the waist down.

Despite her paralysis, the now 8-year-old third-grader is making strides toward a more normal life. She has been working through different kinds of physical therapy to strengthen her muscles and get some feeling back in her lower body including her legs. People in her community know the girl for her upbeat attitude and irresistible smile.

While the girl is making progress, it comes at a huge financial cost. Specialized equipment and professional care costs thousands of dollars. The girl's mom has worked tirelessly to raise money for her daughter and vows to continue that effort and to try to help others with similar disabilities.

Moving on from a spinal cord injury like the girl in this incident experienced is difficult enough without the added stress of medical expenses and physical therapy bills piling up. Accident victims who have these kinds of long-term injuries caused by someone else's negligence should not have to bear the financial burden of their condition. Victims and their families should look into their legal rights for recovering the compensation that they deserve.

Source: The Leaf-Chronicle, "Hope still strong for DUI victim to walk again," Tavia D. Green, Aug. 19, 2013

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