A cheerleader who had both her legs amputated was welcomed home with a parade.
Sarah Frei has been through a lot, but she still manages to bring hope and courage to people everywhere with her cheerful attitude.
Life threw a difficult challenge at this girl, but she kept going even though it took away a lot from her.
Sarah Frei, who is 17 years old, was on her way home from Bear Lake with her friends when they were hit by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
This is why you hear “Don’t drink and drive” all the time. What may be a leisurely convenience for you could be the end of someone’s life.
You have plenty of time to enjoy your Budweiser when you get home. Keep it in the bag for now and drink it when you get home. It’s not worth the risk of hurting yourself or someone else.
The car she was in got hit by another vehicle and she was the most badly hurt. Her three friends were also hurt, but they would get better.
Sarah had internal bleeding, a broken aorta, broken bones in her spine, and broken bones in her face and arms.
Sarah remembers almost nothing from when she was in the car. One second they were driving through a canyon, and the next she was stuck in the car with lots of broken bones. It all happened so quickly.
Sarah suddenly couldn’t move her legs and there was no circulation in them. It was a bad situation.
She had to have both of her legs cut off above the knee and she stayed in the hospital for two months.
Sarah had a bad injury to her spine and had to have part of her intestines taken out.
Most teenagers at that age would be preparing for college, but Sarah was not so lucky. She was now facing the biggest challenge of her life.
It can be hard to recover after a tragedy, but life is still worth living.
She said she just remembered feeling sure that she would be alright.
Sarah had to learn how to do a lot of things again, like getting out of bed and turning over.
It can be discouraging and annoying to have to figure out how to do something simple again. Most people don’t have to think about it.
Sarah accepted the challenge and did it very well.
She was a cheerleader, so she knew that if you work hard and stay motivated, you can achieve great things.
She wondered if she would ever be able to drive or swim again, and her mom said yes to all of her questions.
Sarah would need to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but she was still alive.
She had gone through more than what most kids her age will ever have to go through.
She was surprised when she came home and found that everyone she knew had organized a parade to greet her.
She got home just in time for the last football game of the season, so she could cheer with her team on the field.
Unfortunately, Sarah had to miss her senior year homecoming dance. But some of the homecoming dance was brought to her.
Sarah’s friends and classmates would come to the hospital and make signs that said, “We care about you, Sarah.”
COVID-19 rules were very strict at the time, so this was the best solution they could come up with.
Sarah was an amazing fighter, and the kids were aware of it.
Sarah had already achieved a lot, but she wanted to do even more by doing school work while she was recovering.
After she graduated with her class, she planned to become a teacher.
I’m sure she can do it. She has accomplished more difficult tasks before.
She said that she has learned that it is beneficial for others to know that they are not alone.